Controversial Republican politician Roy Moore has claimed that he was duped into appearing on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? show after being promised a fictional award by a fake TV station.
Moore is suing the notorious character comedian for $95 million after he was made to take a “paedophile detector test” on the satirical show, which initially aired in July.
The politician– who was accused of sex offences during his failed run for the US Senate seat in Alabama towards the end of last year – joined the likes of Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney in being duped by one of Cohen’s characters in the show.
Posing as his Israeli soldier character Col. Erran Morad, Cohen told Moore about a fictional piece of Israeli technology which has been developed to be used “in schools and playgrounds to detect anyone coming in, and if they detect a paedophile” then the authorities would then be informed.
But the interview took an awkward turn when the device began to beep – leading Cohen’s character to eventually ask Moore if he was a paedophile.
“There are at least two primary misrepresentations at issue,” the new filing against Cohen reportedly states.
“The first misrepresentation was that Judge Moore was being flown to Washington DC to receive an award for his support of Israel, when in actuality it was so that he could be falsely portrayed as a pedophile on national television.
“The second misrepresentation was that the television segment was being produced by Yerushalayim TV, and not Defendant Cohen, Showtime, and CBS.”
Elsewhere, Cohen also faces legal action from controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio – who was duped into admitting that he would accept a blowjob from Donald Trump.