USA: Lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen´s satire political parody

24 July 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen interviews Roy Moore while showcasing the pedophile detector on him
Image: Sacha Baron Cohen interviews Roy Moore and showcasing the paedophile detector on him/ Screenshot taken from the episode from the official Youtube page of the network


On 6 July, the District Court judge in New York has denied the motion by actor Sacha Baron Cohen to dismiss the case that the former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore filed against him. In 2018, Moore filed a lawsuit after his appearance in one of the episodes of “Who Is America?”, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Cohen appeared in the episode as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who was interviewing Moore and introduced him to a new technology that detects paedophiles. When Cohan´s character held the device close to Moore, it beeped. The prank played on the sexual harassment and assault allegations against the former Chief Justice. In 2017, several women accused Moore of making unwanted romantic or sexual proposals to them, wrote the USA Today.

Moore denied all accusations and walked off the interview, saying “I’ve been married for 33 years, I’ve never had an accusation of such things,”(…) “If this is an instrument, then it’s certainly… I’m not a paedophile, okay? Maybe Israeli technology hasn’t developed properly.”

According to the USA Today, he filed a $95 million lawsuit against the actor, Showtime Networks and CBS, for the defamation of his name and for intentionally causing emotional distress.

Moore in his statement commented that “I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honour and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen” (…) “As for Mr Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!”

The lawyers of the actor and the networks claim that Moore signed an agreement waiving all legal allegations before appearing on the segment. They added that the show was satire and the lawsuit conflicts directly with the First Amendment protection for political parody and satire of public figures, reported the USA Today.

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