Remember Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice, failed Republican Senate candidate, and total creep? No? Consider yourself lucky. If you do, you'll be interested to learn Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen after appearing on his comedy series, Who Is America? Why is a politician suing a comedian, you ask? People got the details, and there's no way this lawsuit is going anywhere.
If you're unfamiliar, here's a primer: In the third episode of the series, Cohen's character, General Erran Morad, made up a device — this tool does not exist IRL — that "identified" Moore as a pedophile. It was essentially a metal detector for predators. Moore, who signed a release to appear on the show, immediately ended the segment and stated "I’ve been married for 33 years. Never had an accusation of such things. Certainly, I’m not a pedophile, okay?" Sure, it's inappropriate to suggest that — unless you've been repeatedly accused of pedophilia. Moore's dreams of a Senate bid were dashed in late 2017 after nine women accused him of sexual misconduct. It might seem like another day in politics, but these allegations were particularly bad. For example, one woman testified that Moore acted inappropriately with her when she was only 14. He was 32 at the time.
Variety and TMZ report Moore is suing Cohen for the exorbitant sum of $95 million. Court documents state Moore suggests he was "tricked" into participating.
Per People, Moore is claiming he thought he was receiving an award for his support of Israel. Israel doesn't really go around giving retired American justices awards, so that's insane — strangely, though, not too insane. Like, why wouldn't a guy like Moore believe he was receiving an award on television? The best part comes from his statement: "I did not know Sacha Cohen or that a Showtime TV series was being planned to embarrass, humiliate, and mock not only Israel, but also religious conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Joe Walsh, and Dick Cheney."
Moore is just listing examples of other... people Cohen has duped. That doesn't paint the former Republican candidate in the glowing light he thinks it does.
Moore wasn't "tricked" into appearing on the show. It's the coward's defense. He's just another dude who's disgruntled after his run-in with Cohen went viral. After all, the Showtime series — created, starring, and written by the comedian — enables Cohen to do what he does best: get people to reveal their true natures, often unwittingly, in front of a national audience. People don't always love what they discover, and they don't love being caught. Not to mention, Cohen's projects are frequently met by lawsuits. I'm sure his team was ready and waiting for someone to sue.
Showtime's statement sums it up best:
"The press has been sent copies of an alleged complaint, yet to our knowledge, Showtime has not been served."
Is Moore just grousing to the press? Does he actually have plans to sue Cohen, or did he just miss being in the headlines? Only Moore knows for sure. Fortunately, he didn't score that senate seat. He should have plenty of time to file a suit if he's so inclined.