Former Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has filed a $95 million defamation suit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who pranked Moore on his television show by posing as an Israeli intelligence officer with an electronic device that he said could detect pedophiles.
Moore — who during last year's Senate race was dogged by accusations that he had pursued relationships with teens as young as 14 — is one of several politicians who have been lured unwittingly into embarrassing appearances on Cohen's Showtime TV program, Who Is America?
In a July 29 episode, Cohen poses as an Israeli counterterrorism expert, Col. Erran Morad. In an interview with Moore, Cohen's Morad claims that Israel has discovered that pedophiles secrete a certain enzyme at higher levels than "nonperverts."
Morad waves the device over himself and nothing happens, then near Moore, when a loud beep is heard. Cohen repeats the demonstration several times.