Roy Moore sues Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation over TV stunt

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Former Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, after the Borat creator duped the politician into appearing in a comedy sketch involving a fake "pedophile detector" supposedly developed by Israeli military chiefs.

In the suit, Moore says he believed he was appearing on a network called Yerushalayim TV - which doesn't exist - and was going to receive an award for his support of Israel.

Lawyers for the Republican judge and his wife claimed that Cohen "falsely painted, portrayed, mocked and with malice defamed Judge Moore as a sex offender, which he is not".

Moore is now suing Cohen (as well as CBS and Showtime) for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. Moore denied the allegations throughout the race.

Evolution-denier Moore has been suspended from the Supreme Court of Alabama for disobeying federal laws on marriage equality, and has described homosexuality as 'a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it'.

"Maybe", Moore responds. "I've been married for 33 [years] and never had an accusation for such things".

Roy Moore said he was duped into appearing on the show and was "falsely portrayed as a sex offender and paedophile".

In the show's premiere, Cohen's character Morad interviews gun-rights advocates and politicians, including former Sen.

Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch, is representing Mr Moore and his wife Kayla in the lawsuit.

"The press has been sent copies of an alleged complaint, yet to our knowledge SHOWTIME has not been served". They are asking for relief in excess of $95 million dollars, not including attorneys' fees.

Baron Cohen's latest show, which began airing in July, has zinged several other political figures.

In the July 29 episode of "Who is America?".

Moore had signed a released before participation in "Who Is America?" he says that condition is now void because it was obtained fraudulently.

Baron Cohen has faced past lawsuits over similar pranks, but those actions faltered because the individuals had signed releases.

Baron Cohen, in the interview, tells the former judge of a new discovery made by Israel: using seismic waves to detect tunnels through which Hamas could launch terrorist attacks.

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