Hollywood movie star Sacha Baron Cohen revealed to the press this week that he stumbled upon what he believed to be a possible pedophile ring servicing politicians and wealthy individuals, while he was filming his series “Who is America?”
Baron Cohen was left troubled when he, as “Gio”, asked a Las Vegas concierge to get him an underaged boy as a “date,” and the concierge offered to put him in touch with someone who procures young boys for such purposes. Baron Cohen told Deadline:
“We were shooting some of this at the time of Harvey Weinstein. We wanted to investigate how does someone like Harvey Weinstein gets away with doing what…get away with criminality, essentially. And the network that surrounds him. We decided that Gio would interview a concierge in Las Vegas.
“During the interview, I revealed that basically Gio has molested an eight-year-old boy. Now, mind you, this is extreme comedy and we thought that the guy would leave the room. Instead, this concierge stays in the room and I go, listen, you’ve got to help me get rid of the problem.
“And this guy starts advising Gio how to get rid of this issue. We even at one point talk about murdering the boy, and the concierge is just saying, ‘well, listen, I’m really sorry. In this country, we can’t just drown the boy. This is America we don’t do that.’ And then, in the end, he puts me in touch with a lawyer who can silence the boy.
“And then at the end of the interview I say, listen, I want to go out and celebrate now. Can you get me a date for tonight? He says, ‘what do you mean, a date?’
“I go, you know, like a young man. He says, ‘well, what kind of age?’ I say, lower than Bar Mitzvah but older than eight. And he says, ‘yeah, I can put you in touch with somebody who can get you some boys like that.’”
Disturbed, Baron Cohen and his team immediately turned the footage over to the FBI.
The film star said that his team handed the footage over “because we thought, perhaps there’s a pedophile ring in Las Vegas that’s operating for these very wealthy men. And this concierge had said that he’d worked for politicians and various billionaires.”
Baron Cohen said that the FBI ultimately “decided not to pursue” the matter.