Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has responded to actress Cindy Lee Garcia's request to take down the "Innocence of Muslims" videos from YouTube. On Thursday, September 20, judge Luis Lavin decided to reject the request and allow the Google-owned company to keep the Muhammad-mocking film online.
Garcia's lawyer Cris Armenta explained to Entertainment Weekly that the judge denied the request because there was "not a sufficient showing of evidence," citing a federal law called the Communications Decency Act. YouTube's camp hasn't said anything regarding the Thursday court ruling.
Later on the same day, Armenta unleashed an additional statement on behalf of the Californian actress. "By speaking publicly, Ms. Garcia has done the best she has done the best she can to protect herself from harm. Ms. Garcia has received numerous credible death threats," the lawyer stated.
"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," Armenta added. The actress planned to file for a preliminary injunction, and a hearing would be held next month, depending on the court's schedule.
A day prior, Garcia grabbed the headline after she filed a lawsuit against "Innocence of Muslims" producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (a.k.a Sam Bacile) and YouTube, claiming "fraud, slander, and intention infliction of emotional distress" after she received death threats following the release of the controversial movie on YouTube.
Garcia stated that she was first cast in July 2011 for a film which went under the working title of "Desert Warriors". She claimed that Nakoula "intentionally concealed the purpose and content of the film" when she was cast in it. She said that she was totally duped when the producer published the trailer under the title of "Innocence of Muslims" on YouTube this past July 2.
The actress insisted that the controversial film, which sparked bloody protests in several Muslim countries, changed her acting work "grotesquely" to make it look as if she "voluntarily performed in a hateful anti-Islamic production." She added that the film, which presented Prophet Muhammad in offensive ways as a killer and a pedophile, was "vile and reprehensible."