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Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime win dismissal of Roy Moore defamation lawsuit

A U.S. judge on Tuesday dismissed Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit against British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in which the former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama claimed he was duped into appearing on Cohen's Showtime series "Who Is America?" and falsely portrayed as a sex offender.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime win dismissal of Roy Moore defamation lawsuit

FILE PHOTO: Sacha Baron Cohen arrives to attend a screening of the Oscars, in Sydney, Australia, April 26, 2021. Rick Rycroft/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

NEW YORK: A U.S. judge on Tuesday dismissed Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit against British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in which the former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama claimed he was duped into appearing on Cohen's Showtime series "Who Is America?" and falsely portrayed as a sex offender.

U.S. District Judge John Cronan in Manhattan said the consent agreement Moore signed to appear on Cohen's show precluded his claims of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud.

A lawyer for Moore did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Other defendants included Showtime and its parent ViacomCBS Inc.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Source: Reuters

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