Sacha Baron Cohen Hid in the Hotel Room Wardrobe During Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Compromising’ ‘Borat 2′ Scene with His ’15-Year-Old Daughter’ Maria Bakalova

Viewers have been in stitches since the release of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. In the movie, he returns as his alter-ego Borat, who attempts to give his daughter, played by Maria Bakalova, to Mike Pence as a gift.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is full of hilarious scenes, but one, in particular, is getting a lot of attention. Toward the film’s end, Rudy Giuliani gets caught laying on a hotel bed while Bakalova unzips his pants, only to be interrupted by Borat. 

In the days since the movie’s release, many have been questioning what Giuliani’s intentions were while in the bedroom. Cohen himself claims he was hidden in the hotel room’s wardrobe while it all went down. 

Rudy Giuliani is under fire for controversial ‘Borat 2’ hotel room scene

Sacha Baron Cohen
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Giuliani’s name is in headlines more than usual, thanks to his appearance in Cohen’s latest film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. In the movie, he’s interviewed by Borat’s fictional 15-year-old daughter Tutar. 

Things get interesting when Giuliani agrees to enter the bedroom with Bakalova while enjoying a drink, eventually sitting on the hotel room bed. Giuliani lays down on the bed while Bakalova helps him unzip his pants, but the moment is interrupted by Borat, who runs into the room claiming she’s only 15 years old.

Cohen hid in the hotel room wardrobe during Giuliani’s interview with Maria Bakalova

During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Cohen reveals he hid out in a hotel room wardrobe in order to pull off the elaborate hoax.

“During that scene, we’d built a hideaway in the—in the wardrobe, which was about six-foot-five, and three-foot-wide,” Cohen says. “And I was in there for the entire scene. And my only means of communication—the idea was that I would jump out at the necessary point—and I would communicate via text messages with the director. Because I had no eyes on anything. … Rudy thought he was alone with her. …”

Cohen claims Giuliani had a retired police officer sweep the room to ensure it was secure, which required him to hide in the wardrobe. Afterward, the ex-cop locked the room, keeping anyone from coming out or going in. 

From that point forward, Cohen relied on text messages to cue him on what was happening, but nearly missed his cue because the phone only had only been charged to 3% battery. After receiving a text message from his director, Cohen jumped out of the wardrobe and barged into the hotel room with Giuliani and Bakalova, moments before things escalated on the bed.

Rudy Giuliani denies any wrongdoing in ‘Borat 2’ 

Although the video footage appears to show Giuliani preparing to engage in some questionable activities, Giuliani swears he did nothing wrong. During a recent radio interview, he claimed the footage was being used to discredit his accusations against Hunter Biden, according to The New York Times.

“I had to take off the electronic equipment,” Giuliani said while on the Curtis & Juliet Show. “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.”

Giuliani then took to Twitter to further denounce Cohen, firing off several tweets defending his actions.

“The Borat video is a complete fabrication,” Giuliani tweeted. “At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.”

Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Giuliani

Cohen questionS the morality of Giuliani’s decision to enter a hotel bedroom with Bakalova, regardless of the circumstance. 

“Well, he said that he did nothing inappropriate, and you know, my feeling is if he sees that as appropriate, then heaven knows what he’s intended to with other women in hotel rooms with a glass of whiskey in his hand,” Cohen said. “I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone, so I would just say see it and make your own mind up.”