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Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? targets are unlikely to win if they sue
Source: The New York Times
Several of Cohen's victims, particularly those humiliated by Cohen's Erran Morad character, have threatened or implied legal action. Yet Cohen and his team have, for the most part, successfully fended off previous lawsuits over his more famous characters by having his subjects sign a release that is purposefully vague with indemnifying language in fine print, according to entertainment lawyer Domenic Romano. “These releases basically solicit the consent of the participant and say, ‘Look, no inconsistent oral statement is going to be considered here," says Romano. "This is the entire agreement in this release. You’ve entered into it voluntarily. You’ve had an opportunity to review it with counsel.’” ALSO: Who Is America? dupes Real Housewives of Orange County alums, as well as former presidential candidates Howard Dean and Jill Stein.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen may have also tricked Bernie Sanders, David Petraeus and Ted Koppel
According to the Drudge Report's Matt Drudge, Showtime's Who Is America? will feature interviews with former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former CIA director David Petraeus and former Nightline host Ted Koppel. Those are in addition to the previously revealed Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Republican former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh. "Lots of tricks played," tweeted Drudge. "Both Republicans and Democrats are getting caught up in the madness." None of the new people Drudge named have confirmed their unwitting participation on Who Is America? ALSO: Palin reportedly walked out on Cohen after he asked a "horrible" Chelsea Clinton question.