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Sacha Baron Cohen has thanked Donald Trump for the 'free publicity' for the new Borat film after the president called him a 'creep'. The comedian hit back by telling the US President: "The whole world laughs at you."
Trump dubbed the actor and comedian a 'phoney' and a 'creep' after Baron Cohen roped the former reality TV star's oblivious lawyer Rudy Giuliani into a sketch for the film - which is the long-awaited sequel to 2006 mockumentary Borat.
In a now-viral clip, 76-year-old Giuliani can be seen with Borat's teenage daughter Tutar, played by 24-year-old Maria Bakalova.
Giuliani follows her into a New York hotel room for a 'drink', believing he was being interviewed about the Trump administration's Covid-19 response.
He then asks for Tutar's phone number and dress before lying down on the bed and putting his hand down his trousers - Giuliani has since said he was tucking his shirt in - before Baron Cohen rushes in, screaming that she is just 15 years old.
According to reporter Steve Herman, Trump later said of Baron Cohen: "To me, he's a creep."
He added: "I don't know what happened. But years ago, you know, he [Sacha] tried to scam me and I was the only one who said 'no way'. That's a phoney guy and I don't find him funny."
But it turns out the feeling is mutual, as Baron Cohen has now responded to say he doesn't find him amusing either.
He tweeted: "Donald - I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don't find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you.
"I'm always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you'll need a job after Jan 20. Let's talk!"
Giuliani has also hit out at Baron Cohen for the footage, saying in a statement on Twitter that the clip was a 'complete fabrication'.
(1) The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment.
At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.
- Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 21, 2020
"I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment," Giuliani said.
"At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."
He added: "As soon as I realised it was a set up I called the police."
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