US judge rejects Roy Moore trial following interview with Baron Cohen – .

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US judge rejects Roy Moore trial following interview with Baron Cohen – .


MONTGOMERY, AL. – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed US Senate candidate Roy Moore’s $ 95 million lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen filed after Moore complained of being trapped in an interview that denounced accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

Judge John Cronan wrote that Moore signed a clear disclosure agreement that barred any legal claims over appearance. He added that the absurd segment – in which the comic showed a so-called pedophile detector beeping as it approached Moore – was “clearly a joke” and no viewer would think the comedian was making factual allegations. against Moore.

“The court agrees that Justice Moore’s claims are excluded by unambiguous contract language, which excludes the very causes of action he now brings,” Cronan wrote.

The trial centered on Moore’s unwitting appearance in the “Who’s America?” Comic book. ” show. The segment aired after Moore was accused of misconduct that he engaged in sexual and romantic relationships with teenagers as a male in his thirties. He denied the allegations.

Moore, a Republican sometimes known as the Ten Commandments judge known for his tough positions opposing same-sex marriage and supporting public display of the Ten Commandments, was indicted during his 2017 run for the US Senate. The charges contributed to his downfall against Democrat Doug Jones, the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in a quarter of a century.

Moore had learned that he was receiving an award for his support of Israel. But in the segment, Baron Cohen appeared as a fake counterterrorism instructor “Colonel Erran Morad”, discussing bogus military technology, including a supposed pedophile detector. In the segment, the device beeped several times as it approached Moore, who was sitting with a stone face.

The judge noted the segment’s absurdity in dismissing Moore’s lawsuit, which sought $ 95 million in damages.

“In light of the context of Judge Moore’s interview, the segment was clearly a joke and no reasonable viewer would have seen it otherwise,” the judge wrote.

Court records indicate that Moore and his wife, who was also a plaintiff in the lawsuit, are appealing.

“Of course we will appeal – this Court has used words like ‘tricked and joked’ to describe Cohens’ behavior, but will still do nothing to curb his fraudulent misconduct,” Moore said in a statement texted to the ‘Associated Press.

Baron Cohen has for years lured unwitting politicians into awkward interviews. He has been the subject of legal proceedings in the past for similar pranks, but these were dismissed because the individuals had signed waivers.

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