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Judge dismisses Roy Moore’s suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

Moore sued the comedian alleging slander after Cohen pretended to detect Moore as a pedophile with pretend technology.

Showtime/YouTube Roy Moore (left) and Sacha Baron Cohen on 'Who Is America?'

A federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. 

U.S. District Judge John P. Cronan in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday tossed Moore’s suit against comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

Moore and his wife Kayla Moore sued Cohen alleging the comedian slandered Moore in an episode of his show “Who is America?” in which Cohen pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who had technology that could identify a pedophile. 

Sexual misconduct allegations against Moore surfaced during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate run. Numerous women came forward in 2017 with allegations of sexual misconduct when they were teens and Moore was in his 30s. 

Judge Cronan dismissed Moore’s suit because Moore had signed a waiver before being interviewed by Cohen and because of First Amendment protection, according to Politico.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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