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Actress Cindy Lee Garcia sues over Innocence of Muslims

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Actress Cindy Lee Garcia sues over Innocence of Muslims

A US actress who appeared in an amateur anti-Islam video that sparked protests across the Muslim world is suing the film’s suspected director.

Cindy Lee Garcia accused Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of duping her into a “hateful” film that she was led to believe was a desert adventure movie.

She is also asking a judge to order YouTube to remove the film.

A clip dubbed into Arabic provoked widespread anger for its mocking portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.

The film, Innocence of Muslims, which was made in the United States, has sparked protests across the Middle East, North Africa and as far away as Sri Lanka, with some demonstrations turning into destructive and violent riots.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stephens, were killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

According to Ms Garcia, the script she received had made no mention of the Prophet Muhammad or made references to religion.

She claims she has received death threats since the video was posted to YouTube, and says her association with the film has harmed her reputation.

In a court filing lodged with Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Ms Garcia alleged fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Dialogue dismay

Lawyers for Ms Garcia contend that changes in dialogue during post-production casts her in a false light.

“[Garcia] had a legally protected interest in her privacy and the right to be free from having hateful words put in her mouth or being depicted as a bigot,” the lawsuit says.

“There was no mention of ‘Mohammed’ during filming or on set. There were no references made to religion nor was there any sexual content of which Ms Garcia was aware,” it adds.

Mr Nakoula denies being “Sam Bacile”, a pseudonym used by the person who posted the video online.

He has gone into hiding after telling US media he was the manager of a company that helped produce the film, but US officials believe him to be the director.

Mr Nakoula was convicted of fraud in 2010 and ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution. He was released in June 2011 with the provision that he did not access the internet or use any aliases without permission.

Authorities questioned him last week over whether he had violated any of those conditions.

YouTube has so far refused Ms Garcia’s requests to remove the film, according to the lawsuit, although it has blocked it in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt.

“This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right of Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet,” the complaint states.

Google, which owns YouTube, has blocked the film in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt.

A spokesman for YouTube said they were reviewing the complaint and would be in court on Thursday.

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  1. Dident she read the script ? Or was it dubbed after acting

  2. How do you star in a movie and not know what it’s about? I’m having some trouble with that.

  3. Kasim, it was overdubbed – apparently really poorly too…

  4. If your religion is worth killing for start with yourself.

  5. Kirsten, they overdubbed it after it was made.

  6. Not everything in sinister! She and a few other actors were given a different script and then they were dubed after the fact!

    The desire to hold people accountable should not mean we refuse to see the innocent from the guilty.

  7. If you must use plagiarised quotes Josh, at least credit the person who said it!

  8. I saw an interview with her, and she said the main character had been named George in the script she was given. Yes. GEORGE. Kinda explains why he was a white guy, lol. I barely watched any of that trailer – it was PAINFULLY bad. The acting was bad, the dubbing was worse.

  9. Whatever its a shitty movie anyway . If i was a muslim i would get laughed at that movie i would not go on a rampage and burn and kill. Only retards do that .

  10. @stevan radosavljevic i agree and it’s worth noting that 99% of the Muslims in the world did just that: they didn’t rampage/burn/kill

  11. Islamophobia is not simply an attitude of a
    minority of marginal extremists, it is part and
    parcel of policies engaging in large scale on-
    going wars against a dozen Muslim nations, in
    policing millions of US Muslims and in arming a
    Jewish state engaged in uprooting Palestinians
    and threatening to bomb 75 million Iranian
    Muslims.

  12. And knowledgeable people know this… it’s just frustrating that most people don’t do research or read or listen to more than one or two news reports.

  13. So, a person makes a movie, modifies the movie, then gets the reaction that person wanted to prove his point. Two actions are reprehensible here – the making of a movie geared to provoke a negative response, and the violent reactions of those that from the looks of it are not protesting the movie per se – just using it as an excuse. Bullies in the public school do the same thing every day, and get similar reactions that gets the person being bullied in trouble twice. The best response to this movie, just like when the movie “Last Temptation of Christ” was released, is to shake your head, down vote it where you see it, and move on. Otherwise, you are just allowing the person who produced such a noxious piece of work control your life and reactions.

  14. WHOA COOL GUYS I FORGOT, THIS IS AMERICA, ALL THINGS ARE RESOLVED BY SUING PEOPLE. How did we not see it before? *eyeroll*

  15. good for her! this is something i can actually agree with.

  16. lol she sues because she knows if she doesn’t pretend she didn’t know what was going on she’d be killed…she will likely be killed anyway.

  17. US govt kills innocent women and children and calls it collateral damage, they detain anybody they deem anti-state and anti-establishment for beliefs (not a crime) they call material support and they can starve millions of children to punish a govt that they deem rogue and yet here only 4 americans died and couple of their embassies got attacked for a provocative film but muslims are being blamed for it. i am thinking of asking oscar awards to come up with a new category, it will be called “deceptionary films” and only govts can apply.

  18. US gov had nothing to do with this idiotic film.

  19. Poor lady, sucks to be involved in that kind of movie without knowing about it.

  20. jabegail,

    “US govt kills innocent women and children and calls it collateral damage,” yes, that is what it is called when you accidently kill non-combatants in war.
    “they detain anybody they deem anti-state and anti-establishment for beliefs (not a crime) they call material support” name a dozen.
    “and they can starve millions of children to punish a govt that they deem rogue” how can we starve children. we have enough guys to run around acountry and pull the food out of children’s mouths.
    “and yet here only 4 americans died and couple of their embassies got attacked for a provocative film but muslims are being blamed for it.” who would you blame for it? so it wasn’t muslims who did this?
    “i am thinking of asking oscar awards to come up with a new category, it will be called “deceptionary films” and only govts can apply.” ok, considering the logic of your other sentences i will not even attempt to decipher what you mean here?

    as for collateral damage. it is allowed in islam. do i need to remind you of the hadiths about night time raids? or are you a koran only muslim?

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