Sacha Baron Cohen tricked former Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore this week into taking a “pedophile detector” test in an interview on the British comedian’s Showtime series Who Is America?

Cohen, 46, posed as an Israeli anti-terrorism technology expert named Gen. Erran Morad for the segment, which aired on Sunday.

At the beginning of the interview, Cohen explained that Israel had developed a technique to utilize seismic movements to locate tunnels Hamas was using to carry out terror attacks. Cohen, still in disguise, then claimed that same tool was now being used to track down sexual harassers and sex offenders in particular.

“Modern technology is at the forefront of the fight against terror,” the comedian says in a heavy Israeli accent at the start of the video, before interviewing Moore. “One time, I killed a suicide bomber with an iPad Pro, but luckily I had bought AppleCare.”


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Cohen then shows a montage of cable news shows reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Moore and President Donald Trump voicing support for him.

Moore lost a Senate special election in December to Democrat Doug Jones that was held to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in Alabama. The 71-year-old former judge become even more controversial due to several allegations that he had sexually abused underage girls when he was in his 30s and 40s. After many women came forward with accusations, Moore denied the claims and initially refused to concede losing the race.

“It turns out that sex offenders and particularly pedophiles secrete an enzyme 4DDHT, which is actually detectable,” Cohen continued in explaining the fake anti-terrorism technology. “It is three times the level of non-perverts. So the phrase ‘sweating like a rapist’ is actually based on science.”

Cohen then brings out a security-like scanning device which he claims will not go off because “neither one of us is a sex offender.” However, after scanning Moore, the device starts beeping and Cohen appears to look confused. “It must be faulty, it’s malfunctioning,” says the comedian.

Moore then again denies ever being accused of pedophilia and says he has been married for 33 years before walking out of the interview.

Earlier this month, Moore slammed Cohen for tricking him into an interview and announced he planned to sue Showtime if any segments that included him were aired on the network.

“I don’t need Sacha Cohen to tell me who America is, but I can tell him that America is a proud Nation which sprang from humble beginnings and a strong belief in God, virtue, and morality,” Moore said. “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.”

Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dick Cheney are among the other famous politicians who have criticized Cohen — the creator and star of controversial comedies like Borat, Bruno and The Dictator — for being insensitive.

Here is another clip of Cohen playing the same character in a separate interview with Republican Rep. Jason Spencer of Georgia, who has since resigned for making controversial statements that included a racial slur in the segment.

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