A producer on the Borat sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has claimed that Rudy Giuliani tried to have the film’s crew arrested for extortion.
The mocumentary followed Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat as he returned to America from Kazakhstan to make a new film about American culture.
The lawyer appeared in the now infamous hotel room ‘honey trap’ scene from the film in which he lay back on a bed and appeared to put his hands down his trousers while Borat’s ‘daughter’ Tutar (played by 24-year-old Maria Bakalova), pretending to be a journalist, helped him remove his microphone.
Borat then ran into the room saying: ‘She’s 15. She’s too old for you.’
Giuliani has insisted that he was doing nothing inappropriate and was simply tucking in his shirt.
Producer Monica Levinson has claimed that when Giuliani called the police shortly after he told them he was being extorted.
Speaking at a Producers Guild of America panel on Saturday, she said: ‘He claimed we were trying to extort him at the time, which we didn’t ask for anything.
‘He called all of his New York City cops and said extortion, which was a federal crime. Very smart to bring that up.’
According to Deadline Levinson revealed that the crew were forced to evacuate to New Jersey to ensure no one was arrested, which she had been during the making of the first film in 2006.
Levinson said: ‘I called the production team and said, “Let’s get everyone to New Jersey tonight.”
‘It was 11 o’clock at night. I didn’t want a repeat of what happened to me on the first movie happening to the entire crew.’
Giuliani went on to blast the moment as a ‘hit job’ targeting him in the run up to the 2020 presidential election.
Actress Bakalova, who has been nominated for an Oscar for playing Tutar, said of the scene: ‘I tried to believe I was this character, who was doing everything to save her father.
‘As Maria, I was doing everything to save the scene. I was using what I was given as a resource.’
She added: ‘I saw what you saw. He touched me first.’