Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million after an episode of Who Is America? aired featuring the Alabama judge and a fictional pedophile detector wand. Cohen secured the interview with Moore using his Erran Morad character. The Alabama judge believed that he was receiving an award for his support of Israel and says that he would have never flown to Washington D.C. had he known the true reason behind his trip, which is something that many of Cohen's victims probably say.
Roy Moore claims that Sacha Baron Cohen and Who is America? were attempting to defame him. According to the complaint, Cohen's character "falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent device" invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles. On the episode, Cohen's Erran Morad repeatedly waves the fictional device over Moore's clothing as it beeps. After a few minutes, Moore gets up and leaves the interview because he believed that the interview was trying to insinuate that he was a sex offender.
Roy Moore ran for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat in 2017 and lost. During the election, several women came forward and alleged that Moore had sexually assaulted them when they were aged 14, 16, and 28. Six other women claimed that the Alabama Judge was sexually aggressive towards them when he was in his 30s and they were in their teens. Moore denied all of the allegations, even after independent witnesses confirmed that he had a reputation for approaching teenage girls and asking them out. Clouding the matters, Moore at times claimed that he had never met the women before and then later admitted to knowing them when proof, such as pictures and yearbook signings were released publicly.
Along with Sacha Baron Cohen, Roy Moore is also suing CBS and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. According to the complaint, Moore's lawyers argue that the incident has been traumatic and is hurtful, especially "given his status as a prominent conservative and a God fearing person of faith." Moore signed a release before the taping took place of Who is America?, but the lawsuit states that it was obtained on fraudulent grounds.
Many people have come forward to sue Sacha Baron Cohen over the years, but not many have had much luck. The releases that Cohen uses are probably purposely vague and more than likely have a lot of fine print that many don't care to read, which is why people aren't often successful when they attempt to sue the comedian. As for Roy Moore, it doesn't look like he's going to be able to get any money out of Cohen, CBS, or Showtime because he signed a contract that protects them from exactly this sort of thing. Cohen also has the power of the First Amendment of the United States constitution on his side. You can check out the full lawsuit complaint over at The Hollywood Reporter.