A former US Senate candidate, who is also a former judge, filed a $ US95 million ($ A132 million) suit accusing Sacha Baron Cohen of defamation for tricking him into appearing in the television series of actor Who Is America?
Roy Moore, a Republican and former president of the Supreme Court of the Supreme Court of Alabama, also filed defamation suits against Showtime television and its parent, CBS, for a sketch that appeared to represent him as a sex offender.
Moore lost his career in the Senate in Alabama dominated by Republicans to a Democratic candidate last December after being accused of sexual misconduct towards women when they were teenagers and was 30 years old.
One woman said that she tried to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, said Baron Cohen's show mocked him with a "false and fraudulent representation" that damaged Moore's reputation and caused "serious emotional distress" to his family.
Moore's wife, Kayla, is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which also accuses the defendants of fraud and willfully inflicting emotional distress.
CBS and Showtime did not respond immediately to requests for comments on behalf of the defendants.
In the disputed sketch, Baron Cohen, disguised as an alleged Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, demonstrated what he said was a device to detect pedophiles, which sounded when he entered Moore's rank.
Moore said he was tricked into meeting Baron Cohen when he was told he would receive a prize for his strong support of Israel, and that he would never have accepted the interview in Washington had he known that Morad was Baron Cohen.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington DC.