Sacha Baron Cohen pranked politicians ranging from former veep Dick Cheney to wannabe veep Sarah Palin on his controversial Showtime series “Who Is America?” but one of the stunts may wind up costing him dearly.
That’s because failed Alabama Senate candidate — whose campaign went down in flames after numerous accusations that he habitually dated girls as young as 14 while in his 30s — is suing the British comedian for $95 million.
According to MSNBC, Moore is suing Cohen and CBS (parent company of Showtime) for defamation over a bit in which Cohen’s character — Israeli terrorism expert Erran Morad — used a device purported to be a “pedophile detector” that made a noise whenever it was placed near Moore.
The stunt led 71-year-old Moore to storm off the set of his “interview” with Cohen’s character. “I’ve been married for 33 years, I’ve never had an accusation of such things,” Moore said before he walked away. “If this is an instrument, then it’s certainly… I’m not a pedophile, OK? Maybe Israeli technology hasn’t developed properly.”
As MSNBC reports, Moore’s lawsuit alleges that he and his wife were duped into travelling to Washington, D.C., for the interview with promises he would appear on an Israeli TV network, in addition to receiving an award honouring his support of Israel. Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, is also named as a plaintiff in the suit.
After the show aired in July, Moore issued a statement in which he slammed Cohen and hinted that legal action was coming.
“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honour and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen,” said Moore at the time. “If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another. As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits! It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!”
Reps for Cohen, CBS and Moore have yet to comment on the suit.
You can watch Moore’s “Who Is America?” segment in all its cringe-inducing glory below: