Actor in anti-Islam film sues producer
An actor in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world is suing a California man linked to its production for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.
Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google and its YouTube unit as defendants, asked that the film be removed from YouTube and said her right to privacy had been violated and her life endangered, among other allegations.
It was the first known civil lawsuit connected to the making of the video, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and a fool, and helped generate a torrent of violence across the Muslim world last week.
The violence included an attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed. US and other foreign embassies were also stormed in cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East by furious Muslims.
Ms Garcia accused a producer of the movie, whom she identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and said he used the alias Sam Bacile, of duping her into appearing in a "hateful" film that she had been led to believe was a simple desert adventure movie.
"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," said the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
"This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment nor on the right for Americans to say what they think, but does request that the offending content be removed from the internet," the lawsuit said.