Roy Moore hints he was duped by comic

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — The Wash­ing­ton Post

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. Moore

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Co­me­dian Sacha Baron Co­hen, seen in March, is set to de­but his new se­ries, “Who is Amer­ica,” on Sun­day.

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