Judge dismisses Roy Moore lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

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AL.com 13 July, 2021 - 03:45pm 10 views

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore against the comedian who ridiculed him on his cable television show.

U.S. District Judge John Cronan of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of Sacha Baron Cohen in a 26-page memorandum. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, which means Moore cannot refile the suit.

Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS Corporation were also granted summary judgement.

Moore’s attorney, Larry Klayman, immediately filed notice that Moore intended to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Moore and his wife, Kayla, filed the lawsuit in 2018 and sought $95 million in damages after Moore appeared on Cohen’s “Who Is America?” show.

The episode aired July 29 with Cohen submitting an unwitting Moore to a test to determine if he was a pedophile. On the show, Cohen determined that Moore failed the test. The joke played off accusations made against Moore in the final month of his U.S. Senate campaign in 2017 won by Doug Jones. Moore has repeatedly denied all accusations made by women.

The judge ruled in favor of Cohen because Moore signed a waiver prior to his appearance on the TV show.

“The Court agrees that Judge Moore’s claims are barred by the unambiguous contractual language, which precludes the very causes of action he now brings,” the judge wrote in his order.

After sensing the joke, Moore walked off the set of the TV show.

In the Showtime episode, Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert Col. Erran Morad, who was interviewing Moore when he mentioned a new piece of technology-- a device that detects a hormone from pedophile’s sweat.

The device – similar in appearance to a metal-detecting wand – beeped as it was waved near Moore, signaling he was a pedophile.

Moore was under the belief he would be receiving an award for his support of Israel in commemoration of its 70th anniversary as a nation state, according to the lawsuit Moore filed.

The judge determined the release signed by Moore prior to appearing on the show specifically addresses the three causes of action Moore brought against Cohen: infliction of emotional distress, defamation and fraud.

“In fact, the Complaint does not plead any cause of action in addition to these three claims,” the judge wrote in his order.

The judge also disagreed with Moore’s position that the release reflected that Cohen agreed not to raise any issues related to sexually oriented or offensive behavior.

“There is no language in the (standard consent agreement) that obligated Defendants to refrain from any particular conduct or questioning during the course of the interview,” Cronan wrote in his order.

The judge said that the release protected Cohen from Moore’s argument that he was fraudulently induced into signing it.

Claims in the lawsuit made by Moore’s wife were also dismissed under the First Amendment due to protections for political satire by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Given the satirical nature of that segment and the context in which it was presented, no reasonable viewer would have interpreted Cohen’s conduct during the interview as asserting factual statements concerning Judge Moore,” the judge’s order said.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Sues Cannabis Company Over Borat Ad - IGN

IGN 13 July, 2021 - 03:25pm

This news comes by way of AP, which reports that Cohen has filed the lawsuit in a Boston U.S. District Court. The billboard in question could be found on the side of a Massachusetts highway depicting Borat in his now-famous two-thumbs-up pose beside the words "It's nice" earlier this year (before it was removed).

"By use of the billboard, the defendants falsely have conveyed to the public that Mr. Baron Cohen has endorsed their products and is affiliated with their business," according to a complaint filed by Cohen's legal team. "To the contrary, Mr. Baron Cohen never has used cannabis in his life. He never would participate in an advertising campaign for cannabis, for any amount of money."

The Solar Therapeutics Inc. billboard was taken down in April, "three days after Baron Cohen's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist order to the dispensary," according to AP's report.

Cohen is seeking $9 million in damages for what he claims is a wrongful use of his Borat character. The court case is ongoing at the time.

To see something that Cohen does endorse, check out Borat, which IGN gave an 8 out of 10, and then check out the subsequent movie film, Borat 2. Read about how Rudy Giuliani won two Razzie Awards for his wild appearance in Borat 2 after that.

Judge throws out Roy Moore's $95 million suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

POLITICO 13 July, 2021 - 02:07pm

The former Alabama chief justice alleged the comedian defamed him in a trick interview.

By MAEVE SHEEHEY

Moore, who served twice in his role on the Alabama Supreme Court and was twice removed from the position, sued Baron Cohen after Moore was interviewed under the pretense that he would receive an award for his support of Israel. Baron Cohen pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert and claimed he had technology that would show whether Moore was a pedophile — a reference to sexual misconduct allegations against Moore — for the series “Who Is America?”

Moore alleged that Baron Cohen defamed him. He and his wife, Kayla Moore, also alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the case on Tuesday after agreeing with the defendants that because Moore had signed a waiver before the interview, and because of First Amendment protection, Moore’s claims were barred. Judge John P. Cronan, an appointee of President Donald Trump, dismissed the claims by both Moore and his wife.

Larry Klayman, Moore’s attorney, filed notice that his client intended to appeal Tuesday’s decision.

Russell Smith of SmithDehn LLP, counsel for Baron Cohen, said the decision made the absurdity of the case clear when it noted that no reasonable viewer could have seen the “Who Is America?” interview as anything other than a joke. Smith said he was “very happy that justice has been done” in response to the dismissal of the Moores’ case.

Baron Cohen has built a comedic reputation based on satirical characters, including Borat Sagdiyev and Ali G, who elicit candid and often cringeworthy responses from people who don’t suspect the ploy.

The sexual misconduct allegations against Moore cropped up in 2017 during his U.S. Senate run, with accusations that he had pursued teenagers.

In 2018, Baron Cohen interviewed Moore for “Who Is America?”, a Showtime satire series that was new at the time. Wearing a disguise, Baron Cohen said he had a device that identified pedophiles, which then beeped when he held it next to Moore. The Republican from Alabama then cut off the interview, saying: “I support Israel. I don’t support this kind of stuff.”

Sacha Baron Cohen Victorious Over Roy Moore in $95 Million Lawsuit Over ‘This Is America’ Prank

Yahoo Entertainment 13 July, 2021 - 01:51pm

The lawsuit stemmed from an interview Baron Cohen did with Moore on behalf of his Showtime series “This Is America.” Moore accused Baron Cohen of intentional emotional distress and fraud, claiming he was defamed by the interview.

But on Tuesday, a judge in the Southern District of New York wrote in a ruling obtained by TheWrap that the waiver Moore signed prior to the interview and the First Amendment barred both of Moore’s claims.

Moore and his wife, Kayla Moore, are appealing the ruling.

“Defendants have moved for summary judgment, arguing that Plaintiffs’ claims are barred by both a waiver clause in the agreement that Judge Moore signed prior to the interview and also by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Judge John P. Cronan wrote. “The court agrees that Judge Moore’s claims are barred by the unambiguous contractual language, which precludes the very causes of action he now brings. Although Kayla Moore was not a signatory to that contract, her claims are barred by the First Amendment. Accordingly, Defendants’ motion is granted in its entirety.”

Moore appeared in an episode of Showtime’s “This Is America” in which Baron Cohen posed as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert named Erran Morad. Drawing on the allegations that Moore pursued relationships with underage girls in the past, Baron Cohen pretended to demonstrate a device that could detect sex offenders, at which point Moore ended the interview.

The original lawsuit filed by Moore claimed that Baron Cohen and his team “fraudulently induced Judge Moore into this interview” by telling him he was to receive an award from the fictional Yerushalayim TV network, and then “falsely and without any substantiated factual basis, portrayed Judge Moore as a pedophile and a sex offender.”

Baron Cohen on Monday sued a cannabis company for a billboard that he said unlawfully used his image as the character Borat.

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U.S. District Judge John Cronan in Manhattan said Moore's signed consent agreement barred him from suing Baron Cohen, Showtime and its parent ViacomCBS Inc over the July 2018 broadcast, including for intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud. Moore, 74, sued over an interview with Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C., where the former Republican chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court expected to receive an award for supporting Israel.

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Sacha Baron Cohen sues Massachusetts cannabis dispensary over Borat billboard

NBC News 13 July, 2021 - 12:50pm

The billboard for Somerset-based Solar Therapeutics Inc. showed Baron Cohen posing as Borat with two thumbs up and the words “It’s nice!” — one of Borat's catchphrases.

“By use of the billboard, the defendants falsely have conveyed to the public that Mr. Baron Cohen has endorsed their products and is affiliated with their business,” according to the complaint filed Monday. “To the contrary, Mr. Baron Cohen never has used cannabis in his life. He never would participate in an advertising campaign for cannabis, for any amount of money.”

The billboard along a Massachusetts interstate highway was taken down in April, three days after Baron Cohen's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist order to the dispensary, according to the suit.

“Mr. Baron Cohen is highly protective of his image and persona, and those of his characters. Mr. Baron Cohen is very careful with the manner in which he uses his persona and his characters to interact with his fans and the general public," the complaint says.

Baron Cohen and his California-based company Please You Can Touch LLC are seeking $9 million in damages.

No attorney for Solar Therapeutics Inc. was listed in court records. Email and telephone requests for comment were left with the company Tuesday.

Sacha Baron Cohen sues Massachusetts cannabis dispensary over Borat billboard

The Hill 13 July, 2021 - 12:50pm

The billboard for Somerset-based Solar Therapeutics Inc. showed Baron Cohen posing as Borat with two thumbs up and the words “It’s nice!” — one of Borat's catchphrases.

“By use of the billboard, the defendants falsely have conveyed to the public that Mr. Baron Cohen has endorsed their products and is affiliated with their business,” according to the complaint filed Monday. “To the contrary, Mr. Baron Cohen never has used cannabis in his life. He never would participate in an advertising campaign for cannabis, for any amount of money.”

The billboard along a Massachusetts interstate highway was taken down in April, three days after Baron Cohen's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist order to the dispensary, according to the suit.

“Mr. Baron Cohen is highly protective of his image and persona, and those of his characters. Mr. Baron Cohen is very careful with the manner in which he uses his persona and his characters to interact with his fans and the general public," the complaint says.

Baron Cohen and his California-based company Please You Can Touch LLC are seeking $9 million in damages.

No attorney for Solar Therapeutics Inc. was listed in court records. Email and telephone requests for comment were left with the company Tuesday.

Sacha Baron Cohen sues cannabis company over billboard with his image

Daily Mail 12 July, 2021 - 09:10pm

By Adam S. Levy For Dailymail.com

Sacha Baron Cohen filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts against a cannabis company called Solar Therapeutics for using his image on Monday.

Court documents showed that the comedian has claimed the company did not seek his permission to use his image or likeness for a billboard, which shows his Borat character flashing thumbs up and exclaiming: 'It's Nice.'

The legal team for Cohen, 49, said in court docs that in using the shot, the company falsely advertised his image, violated copyright infringement and misappropriated his right of publicity, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Cohen's attorney David Condon said in legal docs that Baron Cohen 'never has used cannabis in his life,' and 'never would participate in an advertising campaign for cannabis, for any amount of money.'

The latest: Sacha Baron Cohen, 49, on Monday filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts against a cannabis company called Solar Therapeutics for using his image on a billboard (pictured)

Cohen is well-known for his roles who has played roles as Ali G, Bruno and Admiral General Aladeen, yet Borat Sagdiyev - originally from his 2006 mockumentary film and more recently from a new movie last year - in arguably his most famous. 

In the legal complaint against the company, officials continued: 'By use of the Billboard, the Defendants falsely have conveyed to the public that Mr. Baron Cohen has endorsed their products and is affiliated with their business.'

In the court filing, attorneys for Cohen noted that the performer has had 'countless opportunities' to embark on a corporate sponsorship, but has not, to protect his career in acting and activism.

The court docs noted that Cohen is not a proponent of cannabis usage.

His legal team stated that the cannabis company 'took a gamble' in using the actor's likeness under the assumption he would never see the advert. 

His representatives pushed that Baron Cohen does not believe cannabis is a 'healthy choice' despite its legalisation in many US states. 

Details:  Cohen is well-known for his roles who has played roles as Ali G, Bruno and Admiral General Aladeen, yet Borat Sagdiyev - originally from his 2006 mockumentary film and more recently from a new movie last year - in arguably his most famous (pictured as Borat)

They pushed the value of his affiliation, citing an offer he previously received of $4m (£2.9m) to advertise a car, which he turned down for fear of weakening 'his credibility as an actor and as a serious social activist'.

He said the star had never advertised any product in the UK or US over fears it would 'weaken his credibility as an actor and as a serious social activist'.

It says the actor's persona is 'of very significant commercial value' and that he had previously turned down $4m (£2.9m) to appear in a car advert.

'With his Ali G character, portrayed by Mr. Baron Cohen in the HBO television series Da Ali G Show, Mr. Baron Cohen has spent much of his career making a mockery of 'stoner' culture - a culture which the Defendants' Billboard overtly celebrates,' his court filing read, also citing his religious beliefs.

Hitting back: He said the star had never advertised any product in the UK or US over fears it would 'weaken his credibility as an actor and as a serious social activist' 

His court complaint stated: 'Baron Cohen was born into an Orthodox Jewish family; he is an Observant Jew; and he is proud of his cultural heritage...

'He does not wish to be involved in the heated controversy among the Orthodox Jewish community about whether cannabis can be used under Jewish traditions, customs, and rules.'

Baron Cohen's legal team had sent Solar Therapeutics a cease-and-desist letter upon discovering the billboard, after which it claimed it removed the display. 

The company still has yet to pony up remuneration for the violation, Baron Cohen's legal team said, leading the actor to seek actual and punitive damages in its suit.

Hitting  back: The company still has yet to pony up remuneration for the violation, Baron Cohen's legal team said, leading the actor to seek actual and punitive damages in its suit (pictured in April)

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