A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Roy Moore
against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who ridiculed the former Alabama chief justice in his Showtime 2018 series “Who Is America?” ”
U.S. District Judge John Cronan of the Southern District of New York City issued summary judgment in favor of the comedian and dismissed Moore’s action with prejudice so that it could not be re-filed, according to AL.com.
Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company CBS Corp. also obtained summary judgment.
The defeated Alabama Senate candidate filed a complaint in September 2018, accusing the comedian to defame him by calling him a pedophile and a sex offender.
Moore also alleged fraud in the court file on the grounds that Baron Cohen tricked him and his wife into traveling to Washington to accept a non-existent reward for his support of Israel.
Moore, who lost a 2017 special election to Democrat Doug Jones after being accused of sexually assaulting several teenage girls as a youngster, said Baron Cohen made fun of him during the televised segment in using a “Device allegedly invented by the Israeli army to detect pedophiles”.
The segment, which can be seen below, shows Baron Cohen disguised as a fictional anti-terrorism expert, General Erran Morad, demonstrating a device purported to identify perpetrators of sexual misconduct.
He alleged that Baron Cohen’s actions caused “emotional distress and severe pain and financial damage” to himself and his wife and made him “the object of ridicule and humiliation. generalized ”.
Judge Cronan ruled in the comedian’s favor because Moore signed a waiver prior to his appearance on the TV show, AL.com reported.
“The Court agrees that Justice Moore’s claims are excluded by unambiguous contract language, which excludes the very causes of action he now brings,” the judge wrote in his order.
Previously, Moore argued that the waiver was invalid because it was “obtained by fraud,” but Judge Cronan said the signed release shielded Cohen from Moore’s argument that he was fraudulently induced to sign it.
The judge also cited the protection the First Amendment gives to political satire.
“Given the satirical nature of this segment and the context in which it was presented, no reasonable viewer would have interpreted Cohen’s conduct during the interview as affirming factual statements regarding Judge Moore,” the judge wrote. in the prescription.
Moore’s attorney Larry Klayman immediately notified his client was considering appealing the ruling.
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