A California judge on Thursday denied a request from one of the actresses in the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” to force YouTube to remove the trailer for the film.
Cindy Lee Garcia said she and her family have been threatened and her career damaged since the 14-minute clip surfaced online, and said she was duped during filming about what the final product would look like. “Innocence of Muslims” depicts the Prophet Muhammad as an adulterer, child molester and killer and has been blamed in part for igniting violent mob protests throughout the Arab world. Garcia said the script she saw made no references to Muhammad or to Islam.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin said he was rejecting Garcia’s request because she had not served the man behind the film with a copy of her lawsuit, and because she could not produce any agreements she made with the filmmakers. Lavin also said federal law protects third parties from the content they handle.
“That leaves really little to support your application,” Lavin said.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of fraud and slander and named web giant Google and subsidiary YouTube as violating her right to privacy and endangering her life, Reuters reported.
“My whole life has been turned upside down in every aspect,” Garcia said before heading into court Thursday. “My family has been threatened.”
Garcia said she thinks the film needs to be taken offline “because it will continue to cause more problems.”
“I think it’s demoralizing, degrading,” she said.
According to Reuters, Garcia’s is the first known civil lawsuit connected to the making of the film.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.