The life of a politician is one which many do not envy due to the constant scrutiny. While this happens to most at some point or another, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, has experienced his fair share of such regarding alleged sexual misconduct.
His most recent humiliation occurred with the release of a Showtime feature, Who is America?, in which Moore participated in an interview. However, he was somewhat misled in the interview’s intention which later portrayed him as a pedophile. Moore has since filed a $95 million lawsuit against actor and comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen, for alleged ‘defamation’ surrounding the interview which, while misleading, is admittedly hilarious.
The failed Who is America? series featured other republicans who were also ridiculed or would have been had the show continued.
However, Roy Moore’s appearance is seemingly the worst of such considering the serious allegations which he was accused of.
Cohen began the interview in saying that he was ‘honored’ to have met Moore, discussed Alabama-Israeli relations, and then brought up Israeli ‘technological innovations’ which could be used in fighting terrorism.
Moore seemingly followed along with the conversation until such a point.
However, Cohen then pulled out a device which he claimed could alert authorities of ‘other abnormalities’ such as pedophilia by detecting the 4-D DHT enzyme which Cohen explained is present in pedophiles “three times the level of non-perverts.”
While maintaining a straight face, Cohen explained the technology and revealed the scanning device in a demonstration in saying that “Because neither of us are sex offenders, then it make absolutely nothing.”
He then scanned his own body, to which the device did nothing, and then Moore’s, which, to some, unsurprisingly did in beeping upon being within close range of Moore.
Cohen pretended to attempt to troubleshoot in trying the scanner on himself again and also on an off-screen film worker, yet it only beeped to Moore.
A stunned Moore did not appear amused with the stunt, expressed in saying that “I’ve been married for 33 [years]” and that “I’ve never had an accusation of such things.”
He further denounced the ‘Israeli technology’ and ended the interview preemptively saying “I support Israel; I don’t support this kind of stuff,” and then walked off the set.
While Moore appeared visibly upset from the allegation, that was only the beginning of him holding Cohen accountable for tricking him into being humiliated.
On Wednesday, Moore filed a lawsuit against Cohen for ‘defamation’ in which Moore’s lawyer claimed that the Senate candidate was made “the subject of widespread ridicule and humiliation” which resulted in “severe emotional distress and pain and financial damage.”
Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, is also a plaintiff in the suit due to the alleged damage that the interview has had on the Moore family.
The damages that Cohen is facing are nothing to laugh about either, as Moore is suing for a reported $95 million in compensation.
Of course, Moore’s reputation had been declining since his attempt to be elected into the Alabama Senate in November in which nine women came forward claiming that Moore had sexually assaulted them, one of which whom claimed she was 14 when the abuse began.
Still, as with most liberal witch hunts, it has followed Moore since.
His lawyer expressed that “This false and fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender, on national and international television, which was widely broadcast in this district on national television and worldwide, has severely harmed Judge Moore’s reputation and caused him, Mrs. Moore, and his entire family severe emotional distress.”
Again, that could seem dramatic except for the fact that the Showtime feature also attempted to ridicule other conservatives such as Dick Cheney and Joe Walsh.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin also reportedly fell into Cohen’s trap in appearing in an interview where Cohen attempted to portray a disabled veteran.
While the episode featuring Palin never aired, she later bashed it as being “bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating,” continuing that that Cohen had participated in “the disrespect of our U.S. Military.”
She expressed that Cohen could “mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want” but that he had gone too far in humorizing brave individuals who are now disabled as a result of fighting for American freedoms.
While that component is, of course, horrendous, Cohen was also admittedly wrong in tricking politicians into participating in interviews which they were misled.
However, as a political figure, Moore now continues to face the repercussions of his allegations in the media spotlight.
Yet he has apparently had enough of such, as expressed in his recent $95 million suit.