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Cindy Lee Garcia Sues Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker

Submitted by on September 20, 2012 – 9:24 am Comments

Cindy Lee Garcia

UPDATE: According to TMZ, Cinday Lee Garcia has lost her battle in court when a judge refused to force YouTube to take down the movie.

The actress, Cindy Lee Garcia, who starred in the film “Innocence of Muslims” is now suing those behind the film, along with YouTube and Google. The lawsuit was filed by Garcia on Wednesday against the film maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, or Sam Bacile, and the internet giants in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Garcia’s suit is due to invasion of privacy, fraud, slander, and the intentional infliction of emotional stress, just to name a few. Garcia is requesting that the film be pulled from the Internet. The hearing was set to be heard this morning.

Garcia’s suit claims that the actress responded to a casting call that had been posted in “Backstage” for a film called “Desert Warrior.” The film was supposed to be a historical “Arabian Desert adventure film.” No where in filming or on the set was Muhammad’s name mentioned. The work Garcia did for “Desert Warrior” was then posted online in the film “The Innocence of Muslims.” It was made to seem that Garcia had “voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production.” Since the film’s popularity has risen, Garcia has now begun to receive numerous death threats and is fearful for her life.

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Her attorney M. Cris Armenta said that the lawsuit was filed and the request to have the film removed from the internet in an attempt to try and clear Garcia’s name. Garcia did not consent for her image to be used in this type of film. When she questioned the plot of the film she was told that it was about ancient Egypt. Garcia in fact still has the script for “Desert Warrior” and there are in fact no mentions of any religion in the script. If that had been the case, Garcia would not have agreed to be a part of the project.

Armenta stated that because of all the death threats, Garcia’s life has had to drastically change, however, Armenta declined to speak about the measures Garcia is taking in order to protect her client from further threats.Cindy Lee Garcia

Part of the suit states that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula purposely hid the actual content of the film from Garcia. Again, there was no mention of Mohammad or the sexuality that is portrayed in the film. Some the dialogue in the film has even been dubbed over. Garcia states the final cut of the film was drastically changed in order to fit an anti-Muslim view.

In the video, Garcia plays the mother of a little girl who has been molested by Mohammad. After the film became so popular and the cause of much violence the world over, Garcia began to receive these death threats and even lost her job because of her role in the film.

Garcia did sign up for some role in a D-movie. She starred alongside a porn star. The film itself was directed by a soft porn veteran. But just how much license do the film makers have to change Garcia’s lines and should she be allowed to collect damages for the way her role was twisted to suit the film makers change of plans?

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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