A judge Tuesday tossed out the defamation suit brought by failed Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and cable network Showtime, new court papers show.
Moore filed the $95 million lawsuit in 2018 after he claimed he was duped into appearing on an episode of the “Borat” star’s show “Who Is America?” where he was confronted with a “pedophile detecting machine.”
Moore was accused during his campaign by multiple women of sexually assaulting and harassing them as teen in the 1970s.
Manhattan federal Judge John Cronan dismissed Moore’s case finding that he doesn’t have a claim because of a waiver he signed before he was interviewed by Baron Cohen. The judge also found that “reasonable viewers” would know that the interview was satirical rather than factual.
“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,” the decision reads.