US Roy Moore threatens legal action after 'illicit scheme' from Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime

01:56  13 july  2018
01:56  13 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Showtime Sets Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV Return ‘Who Is America?’

  Showtime Sets Sacha Baron Cohen’s TV Return ‘Who Is America?’ Showtime has revealed its new project with Sacha Baron Cohen. The pay cabler announced Monday that the comic’s new television series “Who Is America?” will premiere at midnight Eastern time July 15. Written and directed by Cohen, the seven-episode series will explore individuals known and unknown across the American political spectrum. “Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said. “He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics.

Roy Moore threatened legal action against Cohen in a statement he released on Thursday, where he admitted to getting hoodwinked by the comedian who apparently lured him to D.C. to accept a fake award on for his support of Israel.

Roy Moore says he was duped by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new CBS/ Showtime series & threatens legal action "If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character " pic.twitter.com/ovQjdXGyjw.

Roy Moore wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Roy Moore is threatening legal action against Sacha Baron Cohen, adding his name to the list of political figures who say they were duped into appearing on the British comedian's new show.

The former Alabama GOP Senate hopeful said Cohen tricked him into participating in his Showtime program "Who is America?" by inviting him to receive an award for his "strong support of Israel."

"I did not know Sacha Cohen or that a Showtime TV series was being planned to embarrass, humiliate, and mock not only Israel, but also religious conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Joe Walsh, and Dick Cheney," Moore, 71, said in a Thursday statement.

Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen push back against Sarah Palin

  Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen push back against Sarah Palin Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against allegations the comedian duped guests on his new show by posing as a disabled veteran.The network says in a statement Monday that Baron Cohen "did not present himself as a disabled veteran" or wear any military apparel when he met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.Palin last week on Facebook complained that Baron Cohen "heavily disguised himself" as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair when she was "duped" into an interview. She challenged Baron Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans' charity.

Ms. Palin did not threaten legal action in her Facebook post but called on Mr. Cohen , Showtime and its parent company, CBS, to donate any profits from the series to veterans’ charities. Related Coverage. Showtime Announces a Surprise Series From Sacha Baron Cohen .

Sacha Baron Cohen . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The government of Kazakhstan threatened Baron Cohen with legal action following the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony in Lisbon, and the authority in charge of Demi Moore & Woody Harrelson in Indecent Proposal (1994).

Moore lost a December special election to now-Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment or assault, including one who says she was 16 at the time.

"I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another," Moore said. "As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits! It's been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I'm ready to defend her again!"

The inaugural episode of "Who is America?" - touted as a series that explores "the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation" - premieres Sunday on Showtime.

Sarah Palin Slams Sacha Baron Cohen on TV: ‘He’s a Proven Liar’

  Sarah Palin Slams Sacha Baron Cohen on TV: ‘He’s a Proven Liar’ Sarah Palin isn’t backing down. The former Republican vice presidential candidate spoke out against Sacha Baron Cohen days after claiming he “duped” her into participating in a spoof interview. © Getty Images sarah-palin-Sacha-Baron-Cohen “It was proposed to me as a legitimate interview to speak about veterans’ issues and our military and current events to a new audience,” Palin, 54, said on Good Morning America on Friday, July 13. “It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting.

Last week Showtime stirred up interest on social media when it posted a teaser on YouTube advertising the coming release of “perhaps the most dangerous show in the history of television.” On Monday the network had details: Sacha Baron Cohen is returning to television with a

Roy Moore issued a vague threat to sue Showtime , the channel on which the new Sacha Baron Cohen series will air Sunday. (Brynn Anderson/AP). Former Alabama judge Roy Moore hinted Wednesday that he too was duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

"As an Alabamian, I believe in truth and honesty, which the shadowy media groups behind this illicit scheme do not," Moore said in his statement. "Obviously, people like Cohen who mock not only Israel but those who support Israel and the principles upon which America is based, do not share my beliefs."

"As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime Series is designed to do. America is not only about being proud but about being brave and standing for what we believe," the former state Supreme Court chief justice said.

Moore is the latest high-profile Republican to contend they were hoodwinked by "Borat" star Cohen.

Earlier this week, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told The Daily Mail that Cohen disguised himself as a disabled military veteran in order to conduct an interview with her.

"Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm - but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen's chagrin," Palin said.

Palin also called on Showtime, Cohen and CBS to donate all the profits from the series to military veterans groups.

A Showtime spokeswoman on Thursday declined to comment on Moore's remarks.

Sarah Palin reveals she was TRICKED by Sacha Baron Cohen when he pretended to be a wounded veteran to interview her for his new show 'Who Is America?' .
Sarah Palin revealed on Tuesday that she was duped into filming an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in Washington DC for his new series This Is America, unaware of the comedian's intentions.Sacha Baron Cohen has done his best to avoid the spotlight and hide behind the characters he plays for almost 20 years, but that may be about to change.

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