Roy Moore, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, on Wednesday filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen, claiming he was duped into appearing on the British comedian's Showtime series "Who Is America?" and falsely portrayed as a sex offender.
Moore is now suing Cohen (as well as CBS and Showtime) for fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. Ultimately, he was interviewed by Cohen's character "Col. Erran Morad" who waved a fake "pedophile detector" which went off after passing Moore.
Moore appeared in the third episode of Cohen's series "Who is America?".
"During the segment, Defendant Cohen's "device" - as part of the false and fraudulent routine - purports to detect Judge Moore as a sex offender, thus defaming him", the court documents read.More news: ‘Wake-up call’: Pochettino warns Spurs after Watford shock
Despite his protests of innocence, Moore, who was accused of preying on underage girls in the scandal that tanked his campaign, managed to set off the machine several times.
The filing demands a jury trial and seeks damages in excess of $95 million "and any other relief that this court may deem just".
Cohen had lured Moore onto the show with the claim he was to be presented with an award for his support of Israel.
When the device beeped, Mr Moore stopped the interview and said: "I've been married for 33 years".More news: Blood-testing startup Theranos said to be closing
Representatives of Baron Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the lawsuit, and Showtime also did not comment.
The complaint says: "Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent "device" supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect paedophiles". A Showtime spokeswoman said the network does not comment on pending litigation. "I've never had such an accusation of things".
Cohen tells Moore that he's not accusing him "at all", prompting Moore to say, "Certainly, I'm not a pedophile, OK?" "When the false, fraudulent and defamatory nature of the interview became apparent, Judge Moore terminated it".
Running in heavily Republican Alabama, Moore lost his Senate race last December to Democrat Doug Jones after being accused of sexual misconduct toward female teenagers while in his 30s.More news: Cowboys Made A Big Trade Offer For A Star NFL Player