Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to President Trump, became the focus of the news cycle after being caught on film in a shocking and compromising scene in the movie Borat-2.
It is Sacha Baron Cohen's new sequel to his subversive 2006 breakout mockumentary, Borat.
Although the scene was filmed months ago, Giuliani appeared on New York's WABC radio and claimed his inclusion in the movie was in retaliation for the unconfirmed story that he delivered to the New York Post last week claiming Joe Biden's son Hunter was involved in shady business dealings, Yahoo News reported.
Giuliani subsequently took to Twitter to profess his innocence — though he has not explained why he followed Bakalova into the bedroom, patted her waist, asked for her personal information or lay down on his back.
The context of that particular scene was, Borat's daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova), poses as a reporter for a fake far-right news outlet called Patriots Report, which has somehow wangled an on-camera interview with Giuliani at a New York City hotel.
Tutar gushes over the controversial politician, displaying faux nervousness over meeting "one of her greatest heroes." There's a flirty undertone to their whole exchange — along with an undeniable creepiness — and at one point the pair offers a toast with what appears to be whisky.
Though there doesn't appear to be anyone else from a video crew present in the hotel suite, Cohen does at one point crash the interview, posing in disguise as a sound technician, but Giuliani clearly doesn't recognize the comedian before he exits.
The interview itself is inflammatory: "China manufactured the virus and let it out, and they deliberately spread it around the world," says Giuliani, embracing a disproven internet conspiracy theory.
But then the situation becomes more fraught: Bakalova, whose character, Tutar, is oft-referred to as being only 15 years old, leads Giuliani into an adjacent bedroom. Giuliani suggests Bakalova give him her phone number and address as they remove each other's microphones. Guiliani pats Bakalova on the waist. Then, lying on his back on the bed, Giuliani lowers his hand into his pants as Bakalova stands nearby.
At that point, Cohen comes crashing back into the room — this time wearing a wig and women's undergarments. "She's 15, she's too old for you!" Cohen yells.
Giuliani quickly bolts, calling to his security detail in the hallway.
"Rudy, Trump will be disappointed. You are leaving hotel without golden shower," Cohen shouts after him.
In his defense Giuliani said, "I had to take off the electronic equipment and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt ... came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on. I leaned back, and I tucked my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take which looks doctored, but in any event, I'm tucking my shirt in. I assure you that's all I was doing."
"They'll do anything. They've attacked me over everything possible, investigated every business dealing I've ever had. And now the idiot Borat is going after me with a totally sensationalized false account of a ridiculous movie I guess that he's done," he added.
Giuliani further claimed that it is a planned hit job and happened because he spoke against Joe Biden.
"Now let me tell you why I know this is a hit job that happens because it's not an accident that it happens when I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden, who's one of the biggest crooks in the last 30 years, and since I have the courage to say that, I'm the target."