Cindy Lee Garcia appeared in the amateur film that triggered deadly riots across North Africa and the Middle East
A judge rejected "Innocence of Muslims" actress Cindy Lee Garcia's request to remove the incendiary trailer from YouTube on Thursday, according to her lawyer, Cris Armenta.
Judge Luis Lavin denied Garcia's request because there was "not a sufficient showing of evidence" and because he considered a federal law called the Communications Decency Act and thought that barred the release, Armenta told TheWrap.
The act, which Congress passed in 1996, protects websites from being held accountable for content supplied by other sources. It states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
Garcia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Superior Court against YouTube and the film’s producer, claiming emotional distress, invasion of privacy, false light, fraud and slander, among other charges.
She claimed the film's producer Nakoula Bassely Nalkoula (aka Sam Bacile) misled her about the nature of the project, telling her it was a "historical Arabian Desert adventure film” after she responded to a casting listing in Backstage magazine.
"My whole life has been turned upside down in every aspect," Garcia said on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. "My family has been threatened."