Actress sues anti-Islam filmmaker in federal court

Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world
Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world Credit: Bret Hartman / Reuters

An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world has taken her legal bid to federal court in a renewed effort to force it off YouTube.

The lawsuit filed by Cindy Lee Garcia names YouTube and its parent company Google Inc. as defendants, along with the Egyptian-American Coptic Christian from California believed to be behind the making of the film.

Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied Garcia's request for a temporary restraining order that would have required YouTube to stop posting the crudely made 13-minute video, finding the actress was unlikely to prevail on the merits of her case in state court.

As in her previous lawsuit, Garcia accused the purported filmmaker of fraud, libel and unfair business practices. But her federal lawsuit also asserts a copyright claim to her performance in the video, titled "The Innocence of Muslims."

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