Sacha Baron Cohen wants viewers to make their own judgment call on Rudy Giuliani's behavior when they watch "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm", the prankster's new film about racism, President Trump and the pandemic that has entangled Trump's personal attorney. Baron Cohen, a producer on "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm", selected Bakalova from more than 600 women around the world who auditioned for Tutar. The plot of the film has Borat and his daughter (played by Bakalova) seeking to curry favor with the Trump administration, including attempting to marry the girl off to a Trump insider.The controversial scene involves her posing as a journalist, and getting Giuliani to meet her in a hotel suite for an interview.
Giuliani responded to the footage saying he was "tucking in [his] shirt after taking off the recording equipment".
The interview concludes and she invites Giuliani to the bedroom for a drink.
A still image of the scene from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was released earlier this week, part of a scene where Mr Giuliani lies on a bed, tucking in his shirt with his hands down his trousers.
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Borat then goes on to explain that the encounter - part of which was secretly shot for the film - "is being turned into something gross by fake news media". "I want to thank you, that I was sure you were going to save me from everything".
Giuliani's statement regarding the footage read: "The Borat video is a complete fabrication".
"I warn you, anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas", he said.
He continued: "At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate".
Still, Baron Cohen was "quite concerned for her" during the scene. The president's lawyer, who claimed on Twitter that he was just tucking his shirt in, doesn't come across as an innocent interviewee.