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article imageActress sues over 'Innocence of Muslims' film

By Layne Weiss     Sep 20, 2012 in World
Los Angeles - A US actress who stars in the anti-Muslim film, "The Innocence of Muslims," is suing the film's producer. Cindy Lee Garcia claims that under the pseudonym Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula told her the film was a "desert adventure film."
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Wednesday, also demands that Youtube and Google remove the film, The Daily Mail reports.
According to the lawsuit, Youtube has refused the actress's request to remove the film,The AP reports, but the site is reviewing the complaint, and says its lawyers will be in court Thursday.
Since the film's release, Cindy Lee Garcia says she's been receiving death threats and has been forced into hiding, TMZ reports. She also says she has been fired from her job, and has been unable to see her grandchildren.
The film, Innocence of Muslims, has been linked to several protests throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and even as far as Sri Lanka, BBC News reports. Some of these protests have turned violent.
On September 11, an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya led to the deaths of four Americans including US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
That same day, there were also protests at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, where demonstrators scaled the walls, tore down the American flag, and replaced it with an all black flag.
According to The AP, since the film's trailer was released, there have been 30 deaths in seven countries.
The lawsuit filed by Ms. Garcia claims that there was no mention of the Prophet Muhammad at all during filming, BBC News reports. The actress also claims there was no mention of religion and no sexual content.
Filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula admitted to being involved in the film, but told The AP his name was Sam Bacile.
According to Al-Jazeera, Nakoula initially said he was Jewish and Israeli, but Israeli officials have said there is no record he was ever a citizen.
It was eventually determined out that Nakoula is an Egyptian-American living in California.
Nakoula has said he was the manager of the company that helped produced the film, BBC News reports, but US officials believe that Nakoula is the film's producer.
Nakoula was interviewed Saturday at a Los Angeles police station, The AP reports.
He has been in hiding with his family since his release.
On Tuesday, authorities in Cairo ordered the arrests of seven US-based Egyptian Coptic Christians for their alleged involvement in the film, BBC News reports.
A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of US pastor Terry Jones, who promoted the film.
The prosecutor's office in Cairo says Jones, along with one woman and six other men are accused of "insulting the Islamic religion, insulting the Prophet, and inciting sectarian strife," BBC News reports.
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