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Sacha Baron Cohen beats Roy Moore’s $195MILLON defamation lawsuit


Judge throws out Roy Moore’s $95M defamation lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen over Who Is America? ‘pedophile detection device’ interview because he signed a waiver

  •  U.S. District Judge John Cronan in Manhattan said Moore’s signed consent agreement barred him from suing Baron Cohen
  •  Moore, 74, sued Cohen, Showtime and its parent ViacomCBS Inc for $95million for intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud
  • He filed lawsuit over an interview with Cohen in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court expected to receive an award for supporting Israel  
  • Cohen, disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, instead demonstrated a wand-like device that purportedly detected pedophiles
  • It  beeped when waved near Moore, who walked out


Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday won the dismissal of a $95million defamation lawsuit by Roy Moore, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama who claimed he was tricked into being portrayed falsely as a sex offender on Cohen’s Showtime series ‘Who Is America?’

U.S. District Judge John Cronan in Manhattan said Moore’s signed consent agreement barred him from suing Baron Cohen, Showtime and its parent ViacomCBS Inc (VIAC.O) over the July 2018 broadcast, including for intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud.

Moore, 74, sued over an interview with Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court expected to receive an award for supporting Israel.

Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday won the dismissal of a $95million defamation lawsuit by Roy Moore, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama

Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday won the dismissal of a $95million defamation lawsuit by Roy Moore, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama

Baron Cohen, disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, instead demonstrated a wand-like device that purportedly detected pedophiles and beeped when waved near Moore, who walked out.

In a 26-page decision, Cronan said the segment was ‘clearly a joke,’ and no reasonable viewer would see it differently.

‘It is simply inconceivable that the program’s audience would have found a segment with Judge Moore activating a supposed pedophile-detecting wand to be grounded in any factual basis,’ Cronan wrote.

Moore and his wife Kayla, also a plaintiff, quickly appealed.

Moore, 74, sued over an interview with Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court expected to receive an award for supporting Israel

Moore, 74, sued over an interview with Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court expected to receive an award for supporting Israel

Baron Cohen, disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, instead demonstrated a wand-like device that purportedly detected pedophiles and beeped when waved near Moore, who walked out

Baron Cohen, disguised as fictional Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, instead demonstrated a wand-like device that purportedly detected pedophiles and beeped when waved near Moore, who walked out

‘Judge Cronan’s ruling makes no factual and legal sense,’ Larry Klayman, a conservative lawyer representing the Moores, said in a statement. ‘To the contrary, Judge Cronan’s dismissal is the joke, and more than a bad joke at that.’

Showtime declined to comment. Lawyers for Baron Cohen did

not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Moore earlier sought to disqualify Cronan, an appointee of former Republican President Donald Trump, for allegedly opposing his political and religious beliefs.

Running in heavily Republican Alabama, Moore lost his 2017 Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones after being accused of sexual misconduct toward female teenagers while in his 30s.

Moore has denied wrongdoing.

Baron Cohen, 49, won the dismissal in 2007 of a lawsuit by two former fraternity students who claimed they were duped while drunk into appearing in his film ‘Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.’

Cohen, 49, won the dismissal in 2007 of a lawsuit by two former fraternity students who claimed they were duped while drunk into appearing in his film 'Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' (pictured)

Cohen, 49, won the dismissal in 2007 of a lawsuit by two former fraternity students who claimed they were duped while drunk into appearing in his film ‘Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’ (pictured)

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