The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Actress to sue anti-Islam filmmaker in federal court: Lawyer


(REUTERS) - An actress suing the producer of an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world plans to drop her suit and file a new case in federal court over copyright claims, her lawyer said on Monday.

Ms Cindy Lee Garcia, who appeared in the Innocence Of Muslims, filed a lawsuit last week in a state court in Los Angeles against Mr Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man thought to be behind the movie, claiming she was duped into playing a role and her life has been put at risk as a result.

Her case also named YouTube and its parent company, Google, as defendants for their role in distributing the short, crudely made film on the Internet. A California state court judge on Thursday rejected her motion for an order for YouTube to pull the film off its site.

"Today we will dismiss the state court lawsuit, but we're going to file again today in federal court," Ms Garcia's lawyer, Cris Armenta, said on National Broadcasting Company's (NBC) Today show.