A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Thursday denied a request by an actress in the controversial Muhammad-mocking film Innocence of Muslims to have the trailer removed from YouTube, the woman’s attorney told EW.com.
Judge Luis Lavin rejected California actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s request to remove the offensive trailer because there was “not a sufficient showing of evidence,” citing a federal law called the Communications Decency Act, confirmed Garcia’s lawyer Cris Armenta.
Garcia said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the film’s producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, YouTube, and its owner Google, that Nakoula had duped her, that there was no mention of Muhammad during filming, and that she had “suffered severe emotional distress, the destruction of her career and reputation, the loss of her family and her livelihood” as a result of the widespread response to the video, including violent protests in the Middle East.
Emails to a YouTube spokesperson seeking comment to Thursday’s court ruling were not immediately returned.
￼￼￼￼￼￼Garcia’s attorney Armenta released an additional statement later Thursday on behalf of Garcia, stating, “By speaking publicly, Ms. Garcia has done the best she can to protect herself from harm. … Ms. Garcia has received numerous credible death threats. Her family and life have been completely disrupted, and she intends to tell the world that she does not condone the manner in which her performance was puppeteered into making it appear that she is a bigot.” Garcia intends to file a motion for a preliminary injunction, and a hearing will be within the next month, depending on the court’s schedule, according to Armenta.
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