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Sacha Baron Cohen claims Joe Biden’s campaign team was “very happy” with the controversy from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm that engulfed Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani just a few days before the presidential election.
In a wide-ranging interview for the Guardian published Friday, Baron Cohen believes the bedroom scene from the movie which saw Giuliani allegedly caught in a compromising situation with his hand down his pants had an impact on the election. “Suddenly he was having to try to explain that he wasn’t playing with himself. It was such a close election that everything in those final weeks was crucial,” he said.
At the time, Giuliani denied he was acting inappropriately on his weekly radio program, and described the film as “a hit job.”
The infamous scene became a hot topic on social media, cable news and late-night television a week or so out from the election last November, and was kept relevant for a number of news cycles as more revelations came to light.
Baron Cohen’s also kept the issue alive telling Good Morning America, “If the president’s lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he’s done with other female journalists in hotel rooms.”
He also posted a statement on Twitter in character as his alter ego Borat Sagdiyev just before the final presidential debate. In the short clip, Baron Cohen as Borat said, “I here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter with a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media.” He continues, “I warn you, anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas.”
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Sterling K. Brown