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Roy Moore’s defamation lawsuit rejected

Roy Moore, then Alabama chief justice, in 2016 Associated Press/Photo by Brynn Anderson, file

Roy Moore’s defamation lawsuit rejected

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday rejected a $95 million lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen brought by Roy Moore and his wife, Kayla. The lawsuit alleged that Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, was tricked into participating in a comedy show and ridiculed for sexual misconduct accusations against him. The appeals court agreed with the lower court in saying that Moore had signed a disclosure agreement and thus had forfeited his ability to sue Cohen about the appearance. The decision also stated that Cohen’s bit was “clearly comedy.”

What sexual misconduct allegations? During a U.S. Senate campaign in 2017, Moore faced accusations that he had pursued sexual relationships with teens while he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the accusations. Prior to that, he was known for supporting Biblical marriage and defending a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building. After Moore was accused, Cohen invited him onto his show and staged a skit in which he tested Moore with a fake “pedophile detector.” 

Dig deeper: Read Timothy Lamer’s report in WORLD Magazine about Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama U.S. Senate race.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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