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Sacha Baron Cohen Is (Still) Owning Roy Moore

Sacha Baron Cohen is a modern day legal Houdini.

Cohen has yet again escaped the legal landmines that come from his unique brand of comedy, this time after duping Roy Moore on his Showtime series Who is America? in 2018. Moore, best known for his failed Senate run and allegations of sexual misconduct by several women when they were teenagers, attempted to take Cohen to court over a “pedophile detector” that Cohen used during Moore’s appearance. Unfortunately for Moore, he couldn’t win that battle either.

The Showtime series episode featured Cohen in the role of an Israeli Anti-Terrorism Expert named General Erran Morad. Interviewing Moore, the character claimed to have a pedophile detector, which subsequently went off as it got closer to Moore. In response, Moore sued Cohen.

The suit was filed way back in 2018, lingering for years, largely due to clerical issues. Moore sued for $95 million in damages, but ultimately, the suit was thrown out this week after U.S. District Court Judge John Cronan ruled that the consent agreement Moore signed before appearing on the series held up in a court of law.

But what makes this case in particular really shine is that the precedent that Judge Cronan used to justify his decision in throwing out Moore’s case was from—wait for it—another suit from Borat. That means that Sacha Baron Cohen has literally shaped the law to protect himself from suits of defamation. Genius.

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Judge Cronan added in his decision, as outlined in The Hollywood Reporter, “The Honorable Loretta A. Preska reached this same conclusion when she considered substantially identical language in a release and dismissed claims brought by individuals featured in Cohen’s 2006 film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

The devil works hard, but the devil doesn’t understand the nuances of the American legal system and the power of precedent like Sacha Baron Cohen.

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