A federal judge today denied Cindy Lee Garcia her request for a temporary restraining order against YouTube and Google to take down the anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims. “Ex parte applications solely for extraordinary relief are rarely granted,” wrote Judge Michael Fitzgerald. He has set a November 19 court hearing on Garcia’s preliminary injunction request. Citing free speech, YouTube and Google have repeatedly refused to take down the 14-minute Muslims clip, which has caused violent protests against the filmmakers and the U.S. throughout the Muslim world. The short ruling (read it here) today comes a day after Garcia’s lawyer Cris Armenta filed hundreds of pages of documents in support of her client’s request. The federal lawsuit, first filed September 26, also asserts a copyright claim to her performance in the video.
Garcia has said she has received numerous credible death threats since the September killing of American diplomats in the Middle East. The actress and part-time minister says she and others who participated in what was then called Desert Warrior were tricked by purported producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who allegedly later dubbed and edited the low-budget film to mock the prophet Muhammad and his faith. Nakoula, whose real name is Mark Basseley Youssef, has been in custody since September 27 for alleged parole violations relating to a 2009 bank fraud case. His next hearing is November 9.