Privacy Law

Actress in Anti-Muslim Film Says She Was Duped, Sues Producer and YouTube


An actress who appeared in the anti-Muslim film sparking protests across the globe has sued the producer for fraud and YouTube in a bid to get the video removed.

Cindy Lee Garcia says she has received “credible death threats” since starring in Innocence of Muslims, has been fired from her job, and is no longer able to visit her grandchildren, report CNN, the Los Angeles Times blog Movies Now and the Wall Street Journal blog Speakeasy.

Garcia says the ad seeking actors described Innocence as an adventure film about ancient Egyptians, but the script was rewritten and her dialogue altered after the fact with anti-Islamic voice-overs. Her suit against Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, alleges fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Garcia is represented by M. Cris Armenta in the suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles superior court. “This is not a First Amendment issue,” Armenta told the Los Angeles Times. “This is an invasion of privacy issue.”

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