What The Deal Is With Rudy Giuliani and Borat

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was caught with his pants down in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm — or was he?

Footage leaked to The Daily Beast — but which wasn’t made public — appeared to show the former New York mayor with his hand down his pants in a hotel room with an actress. The Daily Beast ran the story under the headline “How Rudy Giuliani Got Caught Red-Handed With Borat’s Daughter.”

The actress is Maria Batalova. She plays the daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, and in the scene in question she’s posing as a blonde, far-right, Russian journalist. She invites Giuliani to her hotel room for an interview. Afterwards, she flirts with him and asks him to have a drink in the bedroom.

This is the point in the movie where the viewer pleads with the hero to get out. Instead, he follows her.

The bedroom is rigged with hidden cameras. In the most salient piece of footage Giuliani reclines on the bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. According to his people, he was tucking his shirt in.

Since he asked for Batalova’s phone number, the version of this story where Giuliani is doing something… else has predictably dominated the news cycle.

The scene is interrupted when Sacha Baron Cohen rushes in, wearing white underwear under a lace trim pink-and-white bodysuit. He tells Giuliani that the actress is 15, and therefore “too old” for him. The pair then bounce.

It should be made clear: there’s no indication that Giuliani believed Batalova was 15. IMDB records her age as 24, and she was posing as an adult.

Was this a legitimate prank, or a humiliation of an old man that crossed a line? I don’t know, but if you want to steal Borat’s look, you can find the bodysuit here. (Yes, Nordstrom ships to Australia.)

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