Actress in Anti-Muslim Film Sues Producer, You Tube

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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An actress who appeared in a crude anti-Muslim film produced in the United States that sparked deadly riots across the Muslim world is suing the film's producer for fraud and slander.

In a lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, Cindy Lee Garcia claims the producer of The Innocence of Muslims, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, duped her into believing she was appearing in an ancient Egyptian adventure film. But the original dialogue was later replaced with voice-overs of dialogue that demeaned Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Garcia says she has received death threats since a short version of the film was posted on the Internet and is unable to see her family out of fear they could be harmed.

The actress is also suing YouTube, the video-sharing website and its parent company Google, to have the film taken down, claiming her right to privacy has been violated. Her attorney is planning to seek an injunction against the film Thursday.

Nakoula was questioned by federal authorities, last week ,to determine if he violated the terms of his probation on a 2010 conviction on bank fraud. He is prohibited from accessing the Internet without permission of his probation officers.

The uproar about the film led to violent anti-American protests in several countries, including an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left the U.S. ambassador and three other embassy officials dead.