Photo: 'Innocence of Muslims' Actress Cindy Lee Garcia Sues to Have Controversial Film Removed from YouTube
One of the actors in the controversial, low-budget film Innocence of Muslims, has sued the film’s producer for misleading her and other members of the cast in order to get them to appear in what she called a “vile a reprehensible” film.
On Wednesday, actress Cindy Lee Garcia filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the film’s producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula – aka Sam Bacile. Garcia claimed she was led to believe the film was a “historically Arabian Desert adventure film.” Instead, when the trailer was released, it was clear Nakoula/Bacile was in fact creating an anti-Islamic film.
The lawsuit also states, Garcia’s voice was dubbed to make it seem she was insulted the sacred Muslim prophet, Muhammed. Words she says she never would have said.
Garcia and the film’s others actors have reportedly received a number of death threats and forced her into hiding. Her lawsuit was also asking the courts to require YouTube, which is owned by Google, to take the trailer down and remove it from their servers.
Unfortunately for Garcia, on Thursday, Judge Luis Lavin denied Garcia’s request to have the film taken down, saying there was “not a sufficient showing of evidence.”
On September 8, an excerpt of the YouTube video was broadcast on an Egyptian Islamist television station. Demonstrations and violent protests against the film broke out on September 11 in Egypt and Libya, with protests spreading to Yemen and other Arab and Muslim nations. The attacks ultimately spread to U.S. consulates and embassies.
On September 11, an armed attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
The consulate attack may not have been related to the protest of the film, however, as there is evidence the terrorist attack was planned in advance.