- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2018

Roy Moore is threatening to sue Showtime if it airs a “defamatory attack” on his character after he said he, too, was duped by comedic filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen.

In a statement Thursday, the former Republican Senate hopeful said he was tricked into participating in Mr. Cohen’s upcoming series “Who is America?” after he was invited to accept an award for his “strong 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,” Mr. Moore said. “I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”

The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice lost a special election in December to now-Democratic Sen. Doug Jones after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

“As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits! It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!” Mr. Moore said.

“As an Alabamian, I believe in truth and honesty, which the shadowy media groups behind this illicit scheme do not,” he continued. “Obviously, people like Cohen who mock not only Israel but those who support Israel and the principles upon which America is based, do not share my beliefs.

“As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime Series is designed to do,” he said. “America is not only about being proud but about being brave and standing for what we believe.”

Mr. Moore is the latest conservative to say they were pranked by Mr. Cohen.

Conservative talk radio host and former Rep. Joe Walsh said he, too, was presented with a fake award honoring “defenders of Israel.”

Sarah Palin also accused the “Borat” star of disguising himself as a wounded veteran to score a fake interview with her.

The first episode of “Who is America?” is set to air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET this Sunday, and debut on streaming, online and on demand Sunday at midnight.

Mr. Cohen teased the show on Twitter Tuesday, including a clip of Dick Cheney signing a “waterboard kit.”

Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins has labeled Mr. Cohen “the premier provocateur of our time.”

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