Roy Moore hints he was duped by comic
Former Alabama judge Roy Moore hinted Wednesday that he, too, was duped by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, becoming the latest conservative to complain in advance of a new series Cohen has been filming, “Who Is America?”
Moore issued a statement Thursday saying he accepted an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in February to receive an award for his support of Israel.
“I did not know Sacha Cohen or that a Showtime TV series was being planned to embarrass, humiliate, and mock not only Israel, but also religious conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Joe Walsh and Dick Cheney,” he wrote.
Moore has mostly stayed out of the limelight since his upset loss in the race for an open Senate seat in Alabama in December after allegations that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.
Moore, who is suing at least four of the women who accused him of sexual impropriety in the run-up to Alabama’s special Senate election in 2017, blamed unnamed “shadowy media groups.”
“If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another,” he wrote.
The content of the show and Moore’s potential role on it were not immediately clear. Showtime declined to comment on his comments or the series, which will premiere this weekend.
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, seen in March, is set to debut his new series “Who Is America?” on Sunday.