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‘I’m tucking in my shirt’: Rudy Giuliani defends appearance in seemingly compromised scene in new ‘Borat’ film

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and personal attorney of US President Donald Trump, has found himself embroiled in controversy over Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel to ‘Borat’.

Sacha Baron Cohen's sequel to the popular 2006 film 'Borat' is already making headlines before it's even been released.

According to reports, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been caught up in a seemingly compromising scene in the new film. Giuliani, who is US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has been filmed while sitting near the fictional character Tutar, Borat's 'teenage' daughter, who is pretending to be a reporter.

Tutar is played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova.

The Daily Beast reported that in the scene, Tutar offered Giuliani an invitation to have a drink in her hotel room, once they’ve arrived and are sat on the bed, he says, “You can give me your phone number and your address,” as he places his hands on her back. Giuliani is then shown laying back on the bed,and puts his hands down his pants.

Giuliani disputes that he was ever inappropriate before, during, or after the interview.

"I had to take off the electronic equipment," Giuliani told WABC.

"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."

It's not a complete surprise that Giuliani appears in the new Borat film. In July, he called the New York police to report an intruder.

"This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit," Giuliani told the New York Post.

"It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn't what I would call distractingly attractive.

"I only later realised it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen."

Once the news broke about the specifics of the scene, Giuliani took to Twitter to give his side of the story in a long thread, making clear his feelings about Cohen.

"The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment," Giuliani wrote.

"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."

Giuliani tweeted in July after calling the police on the alleged intruder, "Sacha Baron's prank FOILED".

"I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn't get me," Giuliani said.

Filmmaker Adam McKay said Giuliani's reaction was the only review he needed to see the new movie.

The film is released on Amazon this week.