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'Muslims' Actress


Court Battle

9/20/2012 9:13 AM PDT UPDATED: 9/20/2012 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The actress who claims she was duped into starring in the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims" just LOST her battle in court -- a judge just refused to force YouTube to yank the film.

As we reported, Cindy Lee Garcia filed a lawsuit against YouTube and producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula -- aka Sam Bacile -- claiming at the time of filming, she believed she was acting in a "historical Arabian Desert adventure film."

When the film was released, Cindy claimed it had been "changed grotesquely" to "make it appear that Ms. Garcia voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production."

Garcia claimed her voice had been dubbed in the movie to include lines that insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammad, which she never uttered.

But today, an L.A. judge denied her request for an emergency injunction that would have required YouTube to remove the film from its site. The judge found Garcia's claims against YouTube are without merit.

Before her hearing, Cindy addressed the media (above), saying her family's lives had been threatened since the film's release, which is why she sought the injunction.

Garcia said, "My whole life has been turned upside down."

Garcia said YouTube should be required to take the movie down because it will cause more problems in the Middle East and for her own life.

During the media conference, Garcia's lawyer says the actress has been subjected to public mortification on a worldwide scale.

"It's degrading, demoralizing ... it affected our ambassador, our Navy SEALs ... I think America needs to stand behind us on this. What [the director] did was wrong. So many people were affected by it."


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"she believed she was acting in a "historical Arabian Desert adventure film." that was produced by a man who told her he was "tired of radical Muslims killing innocent people." Hmmmm, seems a bit hypocritical to me. Something tells me she bit off more than she was willing to chew.

And although I believe in the right to free speach, I think it stinks if this guy did this film to instigate hatred and ask the US to fight his religious war for him! And it might be good for us to remember that even though our news shows us what looks like all of Islam hates the US, it's only a very few radicals participating in these violent protests. Secondly, these extremists are going off of what they are told anyway, it's not like they're sitting back watching this **** on their flat screens... Propoganda!

727 days ago


The movie had nothing to do with the planned attack on the embassy. Extremists did. The ensuing riots are extremists and those whipped up into a frenzy by the extremists.

727 days ago


Geee, imagine if Mel Gibson produced this film.....

727 days ago

James Woods    

In america god is slammed on a daily basis; often times by the media. Wonder what's going to happen when allah begins to get the same media treatment; or will the media mice run?

Something tells me it's okay to bash jesus but allah; he'll be off limits.

In america if you don't like a movie you don't watch it. If you commit acts of violence because of the movie your a criminal.

Open and shut; thank god for the second amendment because we're going to need it when we have people committing acts of violence like this because the courts we have are going to side with the muslims.

727 days ago

buzz kill    

She should have tried porno, it pays better, and you get to keep your head even if you give a little.

727 days ago

Don Martin    

Typical Hollywood scruples. Everyone took the paycheck, read the script and played the role. Now they are all deaf, dumb and blind about what was going on? Bullfeathers!! Just another bunch of gutless wimps that make America the tail tucking cowards we are today.

727 days ago


Why not just go back to Bumfvck Iowa or wherever it is she came from and settle down to a normal life instead. If there ever would have been a career (doubtful anyhow) it's over now.

727 days ago


Hellloooo ... it was NEVER the movie! That was the excuse and the cover so they could attack our Consulate and kill our people. This movie is inconsequential except as an alleged excuse for doing what was done.

727 days ago


She wants people to stand behind her? Ha! How about making the out of control muslims accountable. Just because someone opposes them doesn't give them the right to be violent. This should be a wake up call to everyone about this "peaceful" religion. Christians have been persecuted for years, you don't see us killing people and destroying things. It's called free speech.

727 days ago


Glad to see there is still one smart judge left on the bench.

727 days ago

Eric in L.A.    

This is how to solve this. All cities around the world at one time run some comic depiction of Mohamed. What are radicals going to do??? They won't have any one place to focus on. They won't know what do do. They can't attack the entire world. There are on a few thousand nuts in Islam. The rest are ashamed of the nuts. Makes them look bad.

727 days ago


She is in some 5 seconds of the preview clip. Free speech is so critically important. Even when it gives freedom to something most would find inflammatory and distasteful.

727 days ago


All of this is actually moot, because, if you have read or watched the news at all today, you would know that what happened to our Ambassador and at all of our other embassies on and after 9-11 has finally been identified as a coordinated TERROR ATTACK. Not because of the film. Even Obama had to admit it, right in between his visit with Beyonce and his Letterman appearance.

727 days ago


Oh please, she knew exactly what she was getting herself into. Then the backlash hit and she's playing the I was set up card. She needs to admit she openly agreed to participate in a hateful film.

727 days ago

BB not bb    

Praise the Lord. God bless America. God bless our honest judges. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. Let freedom ring!!!!

727 days ago
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