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Jamie Crofts @jamielynncrofts
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Okay, now that I've been caffeinated, I think it's time to go through this complaint and laugh at its absurdity.
The causes of action alone tell me that this is gonna be good.
And I'm enjoying that Roy Moore's wife is also a named plaintiff. I can't wait to hear about the emotional distress that Sacha Baron Cohen caused her.

Y U mad, Kayla?
In the very first sentence, they feel the need to point out that Roy Moore is the [disgraced] former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. As the voters of Alabama showed you, Roy, that won't save you now.
(Side note: it has always really bothered me that he still refers to himself as Judge Moore. There should really be an ethical rule for judges that if you're removed from office or forced to resign in disgrace, you no longer get to call yourself "judge." @ABAesq)
Someone get the popcorn. 😂
There is a lot to unpack in paragraph 15.
Let's start with the fact that Roy Moore didn't have the sense to take 5 seconds to google whether Yerushalayim TV was an actual Israeli television station.
Moore also seems to still be upset that Yerushalayim TV wasn't giving him a real award. He REALLY wanted that award. (Did he not find it at all odd that an Israeli TV station wanted to give a disgraced American politician an award???)
I actually do wonder whether Sacha Baron Cohen actually had an award to present Roy Moore with, though. I would have loved to have seen it. Maybe Roy Moore just walked out too soon?
I am in a coffee shop choking with laughter right now. 😂😂😂
It just keeps getting better. He is SO MAD.
I have a lot of thoughts about paragraphs 20 and 21.
"Defendant Cohen's character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent 'device'" is just BAD writing.
I'm pretty sure the next sentence actually accuses the "false and fraudulent device" of defamation. Maybe Moore's lawyers should amend the complaint to add the pedophile detector as a defendant?
"I sent CBS and Showtime a letter threatening to file a baseless lawsuit, but they aired the segment anyway!"
Okay, let's talk about defamation law...
In order to prove he was defamed, Roy Moore, a public figure, would have to prove that Sacha Baron Cohen (1) made a false and defamatory statement (2) with the knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether or not it was false.
I have watched the @SHOwhoisAmerica Roy Moore segment several times, and Sacha Baron Cohen does not make a single statement about Moore that could be considered false or defamatory.
And because a statement has to be false to be defamatory, by filing this complaint, Roy Moore himself has raised the issue, in court, of whether or not he is a child molester.
If I were the defendant, I would be sorely tempted to not file a motion to dismiss and instead just move forward with discovery. I can think of few things in life that I would enjoy more than deposing Roy Moore on the veracity of his claims that he isn't a child molester.
Because Moore is indisputably a public figure, he would not only have to prove that he is not a child molester -- he would also have to prove that Sacha Baron Cohen KNEW he wasn't a child molester or had reckless disregard for the truth.
I don't see how anyone who read the @washingtonpost's incredible investigative reporting on Roy Moore could be found to have that mindset when calling him a child molester... washingtonpost.com/investigations…
And let's not forget the fact that parody and satire are protected speech. Just ask Jerry Falwell. See Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988).
This is another one of those paragraphs where I "just can't even." 😂

But I do really love dear old Roy for also creating a potential issue of fact regarding whether or not he is a "prominent conservative and a God fearing person of faith."
On to intentional infliction of emotional distress!
The tort of IIED allows people to sue for severe emotional distress caused by another person who intentionally or recklessly inflicted emotional distress by behaving in an "extreme and outrageous" way.
This is a high bar to meet. For example, I remember reading a case in law school where a woman saw her son get decapitated and sued for IIED.
A plaintiff suing for IIED also has to show that he suffered extreme and severe emotional distress. Is Roy Moore really willing to say that he suffered this kind of severe, psychological harm because of a Showtime sitcom???
I think Snowflake Roy wants a participation trophy.
I've been looking forward to this part.
I know Roy Moore is probably hard up for awards and speaking engagements now, but still just LOL at how seemingly easy it was to get him to DC for a fake award ceremony.
This is just more embarrassingly bad writing.
I'm really in awe of the repeated complaints that Showtime aired the show despite Moore's threats of frivolous litigation.
Right, it was Sacha Baron Cohen who damaged Roy Moore's reputation...
OH MY GOD, ROY MOORE IS SUING SHOWTIME FOR $95 MILLION. HE THINKS HIS REPUTATION IS WORTH ALMOST 100 MILLION DOLLARS. 😂😂😂
Not to be a snob, but using your gmail for court filings is an, umm, interesting look.
I was going to say Larry Klayman should be ashamed of himself, but then I googled his name and realized he's the nutjob Freedom Watch bro. He absolutely should be ashamed of himself, but for many more things than just this.
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