Actress in anti-Islam movie sues filmmaker for slander
An actress who appears in a crude anti-Islam movie is suing its creator for fraud and slander, according to the Associated Press.
The film “Innocence of Muslims” has sparked riots in the Middle East over its offensive depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. The film was reportedly produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and directed by a pornographer.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia sued Nakoula on Wednesday, alleging that Nakoula misled her about the true nature of the controversial film.
Garcia previously told Gawker that the film was originally titled Desert Warriors and was purportedly about the life of an Egyptian man living 2,000 years ago. But many of the casts’ lines were dubbed over in post-production to make the film into the crude anti-Islam film that was later published on the Internet.
“The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose,” eighty of the film’s cast and crew members said in a statement. “We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.”
Garcia said she had been forced into hiding because of the film and has received death threats.
Garcia has also sued Google in an attempt to remove the video from YouTube. Google has denied access to the video in Malaysia, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt and India.