Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Roy Moore against Sacha Baron Cohen, who had criticized the former Alabama Chief Justice on his Showtime series “Who Is America?”
The HuffPost reports that Moore filed the suit in September of 2018, accusing the comedian of defaming him by calling him a pedophile and a sex offender. The failed Alabama Senate candidate also alleged fraud in the court filing on the grounds that Baron Cohen tricked him and his wife into flying to Washington to accept a nonexistent award for his support of Israel.
U.S. District Judge John Cronan of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgement in favor of Baron Cohen and dismissed Moore’s suit with prejudice so it can’t be refiled, reported Al.com. Moore lost the 2017 special election to Democrat Doug Jones after he was accused of sexually assaulting several teen girls when he was younger.
Moore said Baron Cohen mocked him during his TV segment using “a device supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles.” In the segment, Baron Cohen is disguised as fictional anti-terror expert Gen. Erran Morad who demonstrates a devise that supposedly identifies sex offenders. Moore alleged that these actions resulted in “severe emotional distress and pain and fictional damage” to his family and made him “the subject of widespread ridicule and humiliation.”
Judge Cronan ruled in favor of Baron Cojen because Moore had signed a waiver prior to his appearance on the show, AL.com stated. The judge wrote, “The Court agrees that Judge Moore’s claims are barred by the unambiguous contractual language, which precludes the very causes of action he now brings.” Despite this statement, Moore argued that the waiver was invalid as it was “obtained through fraud.”
The Judge retaliated, saying the signed release protected the comedian from Moore’s claims of fraud. “Given the satirical nature of that segment and the context in which it was presented, no reasonable viewer would have interpreted Cohen’s conduct during the interview as asserting factual statements concerning Judge Moore,” the judge wrote. Moore’s attorney immediately filed notice that his client will plan on submitting an appeal for the ruling.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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