Federal judge in New York defeated former Alabama chief justice on Tuesday Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreShelby backs former aide to Trump’s favorite candidate in Alabama Senate race Inmates and Asylums: House Republicans today make John Birchers quaint in his lawsuit against actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, famous “Borat”.
In a 26-page ruling, U.S. District Judge John Cronan said Moore waived his right to sue over a satirical segment that appeared in a 2018 episode of Cohen’s comedy series “Who is America?” “
Moore and his wife, Kayla Moore, have sued for libel and emotional distress after the former judge was tricked into sitting down for an interview with the comedian. During the segment, Cohen posed as an Israeli counterterrorism expert and suggested Roy Moore was a pedophile using what he claimed was a detection device invented by the IDF.
Roy Moore lost a special election in 2017 for the open seat of the Alabama Senate after allegations emerged that he had romantic relationships with teenage boys while in his 30s, some of the women l ‘Charging Sexual Misconduct, including Assault. He denied the allegations.
In his ruling, Cronan said Roy Moore’s claims were “excluded by unambiguous contractual language” by which he agreed to be bound. Additionally, Cronan ruled that Kayla Moore’s claims were prohibited by the First Amendment.
“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,” Cronan wrote.