Thursday, September 20, 2012

Actress In "Innocence of Muslims" Sues Producer and YouTube

Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in Innocence of Muslims-- the video which set off demonstrations around the world-- yesterday filed a lawsuit in a California state court against the film's producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.  As reported by Hollywood Reporter and by AP, her suit which asserts claims for invasion of privacy, false light, right of publicity, fraud, slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, says that she was tricked into appearing in the film. She thought she was performing in an ancient Egyptian adventure film titled "Desert Warriors." Anti-Muslim dialogue was later dubbed into the film.  Garcia alleges that the producers concealed the purpose and content of the film. Garcia also sued YouTube and its parent company, Google, seeking to have the video taken down from YouTube. In addition to an injunction, the suit seeks exemplary and punitive damages. [Thanks to William McGeveran via CyberProf for the lead.]

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the complaint in Garcia v. Nakoula, (Los Angeles Super Ct., filed 9/19/2012).

UPDATE2: On Thursday, the court refused to issue a temporary injunction to require the video to be removed from YouTube, saying that Garcia had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits. (Hollywood Reporter.)