Former chief justice and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, CBS and Showtime for $95 million, accusing Cohen of misleading Moore and publicly embarrassing him by calling him a pedophile on his Showtime program, “Who is America?”
According to a Variety report, Moore claims he traveled to Washington, D.C. “on the pretense of accepting an award for his support for Israel.”
Moore was instead interviewed by Cohen’s Israeli television persona “Col. Erran Morad,” who used a “pedophile detector” that beeped uncontrollably in the presence of Moore.
The Washington Post outlines that the lawsuit which with Moore is bringing forward to sue Cohen, CBS and Showtime states the politician “suffered extreme emotional distress” and was “falsely portrayed as a sex offender and pedophile.”
The impact of these allegations, Moore argues, are financially and emotionally damaging to himself, his family and his career. He is moving forward with a lawsuit for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud totaling $95 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
This comes nearly one year after Moore’s controversial race to become the next Alabama state senator when he was “accused by nine women of sexual misconduct,” People reports.
Before sitting down for the interview, Moore signed a release to be taped, a release, Moore claims, was procured fraudulently.
CBS and Cohen declined to comment on the lawsuit and Showtime commented only to explain they are not aware of being served.
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