Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appears in the anti-Muslim film trailer that has sparked riots in the Middle East, is suing the filmmaker for fraud and slander.
She's also suing YouTube to take down the clip (below).
Cindy Lee Garcia's lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles claims the actress was duped by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind "Innocence of Muslims."
Nakoula, a.k.a. Sam Bacile, recorded the movie earlier this summer and has been forced into hiding since its 14-minute trailer rose to prominence last week.
Garcia says she was unaware of the film's anti-Muslim content and the script pages she received had no mention of Muhammad, religion or sexual content.
The lawsuit states Garcia responded to an ad and thought she was appearing in an ancient Egyptian adventure film called "Desert Warriors" ... not exactly.
Dialogue in the film was later dubbed to include anti-Islamic messages and to portray Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester, she claims.
"The film is vile and reprehensible," Garcia's attorney, M. Cris Armenta, wrote in the document, adding that her client has received death threats of late.Garcia, who lives in Bakersfield, Calif., claims it has caused her "shame, mortification, and hurt feelings" and will impact her ability to get future acting roles.
"This lawsuit is not an attack on the First Amendment ... but does request that the offending content be removed from the Internet," the complaint states.
YouTube has refused Garcia's requests to remove the film, according to the lawsuit. The complaint contends that keeping it online violates her right of publicity.
"(Garcia) had a legally protected interest in her privacy and the right to be free from having hateful words put in her mouth or being depicted as a bigot," the lawsuit states.
YouTube is reviewing the complaint and its lawyers will be in court Thursday.
The site is owned by search giant Google and has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt from viewing the Innocence of Muslims trailer. It has also blocked the video from being viewed in Indonesia and India because it violates laws in those countries.