A local Los Angeles judge and now a federal court judge have denied a request by an actress in the controversial Innocence of Muslims film to have the movie’s 14-minute YouTube trailer removed.
United States District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald on Friday, following a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s decision in September, struck down actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s motion for a preliminary injunction to take down the trailer, her attorney Cris Armenta announced in a press release. Garcia, who appears in Innocence of Muslims, claims she was duped and didn’t know the movie was a tirade against the prophet Muhammad. A court hearing previously set for Dec. 3 has been removed from the court’s calendar, according to the release.
“Unfortunately, our client, Ms. Garcia, is a woman of extremely modest means. Aside from this film turning her life upside down and being subjected to frightening death threats and threats of harm, she does not have the financial resources to continue to wage battle against internet giants,” said Armenta in a statement. “Her entire legal team, of four lawyers in three different states and abroad, stands firmly behind the principles that were put before the court.”
Garcia’s legal team, if she’s “financially able,” according to Armenta, intends to file a motion for an immediate appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Garcia sued Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, YouTube, and its owner Google, basing her lawsuit on a violation of her rights under the United States Copyright Act.
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