According to NDTV, Cindy Lee Garcia, asked that the film, “Innocence of Muslims” be removed from the web in a suit against a Calif. man linked to the movie, as well as Google, Inc., the parent company of YouTube.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin said in his order, “The request for a temporary restraining order is denied. The plaintiff has not shown a likelihood to prevail on the merits.”
The movie depicts Mohammed as a womanizer and a fake, among other things, and has been blamed, in part, for violence in Egypt, Yemen, and Libya, where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, and three other Americans were killed during protests.
In her suit, Garcia alleges that the producer of the film, whom she identifies as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula using the pseudonym of Sam Bacile, tricked her into being in a project she thought was an Arabian action story set 2,000 years ago called “Desert Warrior.”
Reuters uncovered an expired casting call from Backstage.com for a project called “Desert Warrior,” described as a “low-budget ‘historical Arabian Desert adventure film.’”
Garcia’s lawsuit claims “There was no mention of ‘Mohammed’ during the filming or on set. There were no references made to religion nor was there any sexual content of which Ms. Garcia was aware.”
NDTV reports that Google attorney Timothy Alger argued the rights of an actor do not include protection from how viewers perceive a movie, noting, “If we viewed it that way we’d say that Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg in ‘Terminator’ was a factual statement about…” Schwarzenegger himself.