Documentary debuts on HBO June 19.

By Clark Collis
June 09, 2020 at 11:37 AM EDT

Despite some stiff competition, there aren't too many public figures more roundly despised than Roy Cohn. As Sen. Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel, the lawyer and political fixer was one of the architects responsible for the notorious anti-Communist hearings of the '50s. He was also among the prosecutors at the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, an exercise in highly dubious justice which resulted in the pair's 1953 execution. Finally, Cohn acted as a mentor to one Donald Trump, which, let us say, wouldn't exactly burnish his rep in a lot of people's eyes.

Now, the Rosenbergs' granddaughter Ivy Meeropol has directed a documentary about the lawyer titled Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn. The film includes interviews with Cindy Adams, Alan Dershowitz, Nathan Lane, John Waters, and Tony Kushner whose acclaimed play Angels in America features Cohn as a major character.

The documentary debuts on HBO this June 19, which marks the 67th anniversary of the execution of the Rosenbergs. Watch the trailer for Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn above.

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