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Sacha Baron Cohen wins legal fight against US politician after tricking him into paedophile detector sketch

File photo dated 10/05/16 of Sacha Baron Cohen, who has won a legal victory over a US politician who sued him after being tricked into appearing in a TV sketch involving a so-called paedophile detector. Issue date: Wednesday July 14, 2021. PA Photo. A judge dismissed Roy Moore's 95 million dollar (??68.9 million) lawsuit against the British comedian and actor over a segment on the 2018 satirical series Who Is America? See PA story SHOWBIZ Cohen. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Sacha Baron Cohen has won a legal battle over tricking a politician into appearing in a TV sketch (Picture: PA)

Sacha Baron Cohen has won a legal victory over a US politician who sued him after being tricked into appearing in a TV sketch involving a so-called paedophile detector.

A judge dismissed Roy Moore’s $95million (£69million) lawsuit against the British comedian and actor over a segment on the 2018 satirical series Who Is America?

Moore, a 74-year-old failed US Senate candidate and former senior judge from Alabama, had been accused of sexual misconduct when he appeared on the show under the pretence of accepting an award for his support for Israel.

Instead, he was interviewed by Cohen in character as Colonel Erran Morad, who waved a device said to be able to detect sex offenders.

When the device beeped, Moore stopped the interview and said: ‘I’ve been married for 33 years. Never had an accusation of such things. Certainly, I’m not a paedophile, OK?’

The politician sued for defamation and emotional distress but Judge John P Cronan, sitting in the Southern District of New York, dismissed the case after finding viewers would have known it was a joke.

Roy Moore sued for defamation and emotional distress but his case was dismissed (Picture: AFP)

In a 26-page judgement, he wrote: ‘Given the satirical nature of the segment and the context in which it was presented, no reasonable viewer would have interpreted Cohen’s conduct during the interview as asserting factual statements concerning Judge Moore.’

And Judge Cronan cited the contractual waiver Moore had signed before appearing on Who Is America?

Moore and his wife Kayla, who was also a plaintiff in the lawsuit, tried to argue the release was void because it was signed under false pretences.

Baron Cohen, 49, reacted to the victory online by referencing the misconduct allegations against Moore, which he had denied.

He tweeted: ‘Sorry, Roy. Nice try. And this is now part of the legal record: “Several published articles accused Judge Moore of inappropriate sexual encounters with young females, including one who was underage”.’

Baron Cohen, whose comic creations include Ali G, Bruno and Borat, is known for duping high-profile figures.

He has faced previous lawsuits, but they have also been dismissed due to the subjects signing waivers beforehand.

On Tuesday, Baron Cohen took legal action against a US cannabis dispensary for using his Borat character on a billboard.

He is seeking damages of at least $9million (£6.5million) and has asked a judge to order the company, named Solar Therapeutics, to stop using his likeness.

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