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Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation, claiming he was duped into participating in the actor's Showtime series "Who Is America?".

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has made headlines over the fake interviews he's fooled Republican politicians and others into for his new Showtime program, but one Republican is fighting back with a $95 million lawsuit.

According to AAP and The Washington Post, the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the USA and accuses Cohen of smearing Moore's name and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Cohen pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who used a security wand to detect pedophiles.

In last year's election campaign, nine women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican.

According to The Associated Press, "Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch, is representing Moore and his wife Kayla in the lawsuit".

They are seeking $95m (£73m) in damages from Baron Cohen and from the Showtime and CBS networks.

In the show broadcast in the United States in July, when the beep sounds, Mr Moore tells Baron Cohen: "I support Israel".

Representatives for Baron Cohen have not responded to the lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington.

The former judge also claimed his appearance on Baron Cohen's show caused him and his wife "severe emotional distress and pain and financial damage", as they flew in to collect a made-up award for Moore's support of Israel.

In the show's premiere, Cohen's character Morad interviews gun-rights advocates and politicians, including former Sen.

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Previously, even before the show had aired, Moore had issued a statement, conceding he had been pranked by Baron Cohen's "trickery, deception and dishonesty." The judge said they accepted money and signed agreements releasing the filmmakers from liability.

According to the lawsuit, Cohen, "while in character, falsely and fraudulently induces unsuspecting victims, such as Judge Moore to be interviewed under dishonest, unethical, illegal and false pretenses". The suit alleges that the release was obtained on fraudulent grounds.

"Had Judge Moore and Mrs. Moore known that "Erran Morad" was Defendant Cohen, Judge Moore would have never agreed to be interviewed", Moore's lawyer wrote in the lawsuit.


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