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Judge Rejects Request for Restraining Order Against YouTube

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Cindy Lee Garcia, right, and attorney M. Cris Armenta hold a news conference before a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, September 20, 2012.
A Los Angeles judge has denied a request to force YouTube to remove an anti-Islam film trailer that has been blamed for sparking violence in the Muslim world.

Judge Luis Lavin rejected the request from actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who appears in the film, for a temporary restraining order against YouTube and its parent company Google, in part because the film's producer was not served with a copy of the lawsuit.

Garcia contended that keeping the trailer online, among other things, violates her right to privacy.

Garcia also filed suit Wednesday against the film's producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, accusing him of having duped her into believing she was appearing in an ancient Egyptian adventure film. The suit claims the film's original dialogue was later replaced with voiced-over dialogue demeaning Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Garcia says she has received death threats since the film trailer was posted on the Internet and is unable to see her family out of fear they could be harmed.

Nakoula was questioned by federal authorities last week to determine if he violated the terms of his probation on a 2010 conviction on bank fraud. He is prohibited from accessing the Internet without permission of his probation officers.

The uproar about the film led to violent anti-American protests in several countries, including an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left the U.S. ambassador and three other embassy officials dead.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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