Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Rudy Guiliani's claims of Borat scene being fake

Giuliani can be seen in the new Borat film with his hands down his pants.
Giuliani can be seen in the new Borat film with his hands down his pants. Photo credit: Getty Images

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has responded to Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani's claims that the scene in the latest Borat movie, where he is seen with his hands down his pants, is a "complete fabrication."

On Thursday, Giuliani was denying accusations he touched himself, saying via Twitter he was simply tucking in his shirt after taking off recording equipment.

But Cohen, who produced the film and plays Borat, has responded, insinuating this wasn't the case.

Speaking on Good Morning America, he says it was "pretty clear" what Giuliani was up to.  

"I just urge everyone to watch the movie, it is what it is, he did what he did, and make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us." 

In the film, Borat takes his daughter to the US in hopes of marrying her off to someone within US President Donald Trump's circle. 

In the controversial scene with Giuliani, Borat's daughter - played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova - poses as a far-right journalist and lures Giuliani in for an interview. 

Once in the hotel room he is caught on the bed in an inappropriate position and Borat jumps out yelling, "she's 15. She's too old for you."

Cohen says it concerns him to think about how normal the situation may be for Giuliani.

"I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there as appropriate behaviour then heavens knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms."

During the interview, 24-year-old Bakalova thanks Cohen for being there to "save" her.

Cohen was hiding in a "hideaway" within the hotel room for the duration of the scene. He says at points he was "quite concerned" for Bakalova.

"I was hiding in during the entire scene so I was monitoring it by text, but you know it's my responsibility as a producer as well that the lead actor is looked after."

Bakalova says she was "lucky" to have the film crew as they ensured she felt safe.