Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bid To End Roy Moore’s $95M Defamation Suit Now Centers On Who Looked Where & When, Seriously

"Sacha Baron Cohen is 6'3’’ and this was a Zoom deposition,” Russell Smith tells Deadline of what actually went down in the digital sit-down a few weeks ago. “He had to look down at his laptop to see the lawyer asking him questions,” notes the SmithDehn LLP lawyer who is involved in the Moore matter for Cohen.
"The ramifications of this obvious conduct are criminal in nature,” Klayman adds, tossing an implied statutory grenade into the mix.
Court of Appeals over ethics issues, came one day after Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attorneys for Cohen and fellow defendants Showtime and CBS participated in a briefing on their latest motion to have the matter tossed out. In the course of the ongoing case, the April 7, 2021 letter from Klayman, who has been recently suspended by the D.C.
That second letter was submitted later on April 7 “after Defendants sent an email to Plaintiffs’ counsel pointing out that the letter provided false information to the Court and requesting its immediate withdrawal,” to quote the Defendant’s lead lawyer Elizabeth McNamara in her April 9 correspondence to the Judge Cronan – a letter where the Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attorney calls out Klayman for “repeated deceptive conduct.” In fact, the April 7 letter quote above is the second letter from Klayman on the same topic.
Cohen public discomfort in retaliation for the discomfort Defendants allegedly caused Plaintiffs, and, at the same time, to generate publicity for Plaintiffs’ counsel. “Plaintiffs have repeatedly confirmed that their objection to Defendants’ confidentiality designation is based on their outrage at the fact that the Who Is America? “In other words, Plaintiffs wish to make the video public purely to cause Mr. segment featuring Roy Moore is available to the public while the video of the Cohen deposition is not,” McNamara goes on to say (read it here).
But Cohen's personal attorney did explain. Showtime had no comment on the matter when contacted today by Deadline. And that’s where it seems the heart of this tempest in an apparent teacup sits.
However, you still might raise an eyebrow a bit to discover that discord literally includes which way The Trial of the Chicago 7 star turns his gaze. EXCLUSIVE: Unsurprisingly, there is little that Sacha Baron Cohen and failed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore see eye to eye on.
Arguing that courts “regularly restricted access” to depositions and other visual material related to celebrities like Cohen, McNamara concludes: “Such use of deposition video is inappropriate and should not be countenanced by the Court.”
“I urge the Court to watch the Cohen video and reach its own conclusion, which is obvious." “He is indeed the self-described proud master of fraud and deception and his being fed answers comes as no surprise given his past conduct,” the conservative and extremely litigious (just ask Hillary Clinton) Judicial Watch founder continues.
Really. finds the political plaintiff's lawyer hoping to take the double Oscar nominated performer to task for where he was looking during a recent deposition via Zoom. As the defendants seek to have the case dismissed, the latest fracas in Moore’s almost three-year old $95 million defamation suit against master satirist Cohen over a damning appearance in Showtime’s Who Is America?
District Court Judge John P. The letter (read it here) takes on the confidentiality of the video of the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm actor’s deposition and his on-camera mannerisms, so to speak. Cronan on April 7. “The video does clearly show Cohen looking downward – most likely at his phone or tablet — with virtually every question that I posed, and it is thus obvious that he was being fed answers by someone,” declares Moore’s lawyer Larry Klayman in an amended letter sent to U.S.
As the federal judge’s order of April 12 noted: Nonetheless, with a formal response to Klayman’s April 7 letter coming from Defendant’s lawyers on April 9, Judge Cronan yesterday stepped in to bring the volume down and try to find some common ground.
“He never looked down at text messages from counsel during the deposition, because there were no such messages,” Smith adds of his client’s conduct.
However, with a global pandemic going on and bicoastal participants in this New York-based case, things are a little different as you would presume. Commonly with depositions there are lawyers for both sides in the room, as well as technical support staff and the individual being deposed. And on such occasions, there is often some chatter or permitted interruption from said lawyers depending on the nature and direction of the questions.
In the meantime, Cohen is up for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as infamous activist Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7 at this month’s Oscars, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The 93rd Academy Awards take place on April 25 in Los Angeles and virtually.” /> What the court ultimately decides will come in the next few weeks.
In the event this issue has not been resolved by the parties, the Court will conduct a conference to address the issue. The parties are directed to meet and confer on the confidentiality designation issue raised by Plaintiffs pursuant to Paragraph 13 of the Protective Order entered by the Court on December 22, 2020. The parties are ordered to file a joint status letter on April 16, 2021, notifying the Court whether this dispute has been resolved. Further, after receiving the parties’ joint status letter on April 16, 2021, the Court will schedule a conference to discuss the other issues raised in Defendants’ April 9, 2021 response letter, including Plaintiffs’ counsel alleged violation of Local Civil Rule 1.5(h)(1) and his communications with Defendants’ counsel. This conference likely will also address the confidentiality designation dispute in the event it is not resolved by the meet-and-confer process.
Moore, who faced a slew of accusations of sexual misconduct with minors during his unsuccessful 2017 Senate bid, alleges his signature “was obtained through fraud” and therefore the release is “void and inoperative.” Cohen, Showtime and the one-time CBS Corporation (the case was filed before the 2019 corporate remarriage with Viacom by the media company) say Moore signed a release. Moore says he was conned into the interview with a heavily prosthetic made-up Cohen, who was posing as Israeli anti-terrorism expert.
limited series, along with a supposed ““pedophile detector.” First filed in September 2018 in D.C. District Court, and then moved to the Empire State at the Defendants’ urging, the defamation case from Moore and his wife centers on the one-time Alabama Supreme Court chief justice’s appearance in Cohen and Showtime’s 2018 Who Is America?

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Responds To ‘Who Is America?’ Interview: “I Made A Bad Mistake”

He won’t have the guts to do that. In an attempt to redeem himself, Arpaio challenged Cohen saying, "Get the guts, get out of your undercover role, come and interview me in English, of course, so I can understand him so we can go man-to-man. Maybe he will, I don’t know." I’ll be glad to deal with it. You can ask me anything you want.
"I made a bad mistake security-wise," Arpaio said in an interview with the Washington Examiner about his appearance on the show. "They said, 'we’re doing a feature for Showtime — the top 20 people in the United States.' It looked pretty nice [that] I made the top people.”
After being duped on Sacha Baron Cohen's Showtime series Who Is America?, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come forward to address the skewering Cohen gave him.
When it came to the questions about handjobs he thought Cohen was "talking about illegals coming over working with their hands on their job." "I thought he was talking about — the president has gold [in his shower]," said Arpaio of the interview that was conducted nearly a year ago.
During the interview, Cohen disguised himself as a Finnish celebrity named OMGWhizzBoyOMG and the two had a bizarre conversation in which Arpaio spoke to a tiny toy donut about the need for guns, conceded that Trump has most likely had a “golden shower,” and admitted that he would accept an offer of “a blow job” from Trump.
Arpaio was impressed at the fame of OMGWhizzBoyOMG but at the same time, was a "little suspicious" because they were  filming in a warehouse. He didn't catch on that Cohen was referring to sexual acts. He claimed he couldn't understand Cohen through his accent so when it came to questions about "golden showers", "blow jobs", and "hand jobs"  Arpaio was confused.
I didn’t hear that little thing before that. I don’t know where that came from." When Cohen mentioned getting a blow job from the president, Arpaio said: "The only thing I got was that he would offer me a job.
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