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Sep 20, 2012

California court hearing set in suit over anti-Muslim film

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The actress who claims she
was defrauded by the producer of an anti-Islam movie that has
spawned violent protests across the Muslim world on Thursday
will ask a California judge to order the short film to be pulled
down from YouTube.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who said she had received death
threats after the video was posted on YouTube, has accused
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man linked to the
making of “The Innocence of Muslims,” of fraud and slander.

Sep 19, 2012

Actress sues California man behind anti-Muslim film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google Inc and its YouTube unit as defendants, asked that the film be removed from YouTube and said her right to privacy had been violated and her life endangered, among other allegations.

Sep 15, 2012

California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning

LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A California man convicted
of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by
officers investigating possible probation violations stemming
from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent
protests in the Muslim world.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, voluntarily left his home in
the early hours of Saturday morning for the meeting in a
sheriff’s station in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Sep 14, 2012

U.S. investigating man linked to anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man convicted of bank fraud is under investigation for possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent protests against the United States in the Muslim world, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The man, 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, told his Coptic Christian bishop that he was not involved in the film, but media reports have widely linked his name to the video.

Sep 13, 2012

Actress says was duped, as anti-Islam film details emerge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The origins of a crudely made anti-Muslim movie that sparked violent protests in Egypt and Libya began to slowly emerge on Wednesday, with an actress in the California production saying she was duped and was unaware it was about the Prophet Mohammad.

Cindy Lee Garcia of Bakersfield, California, who appears briefly in clips of the film posted online, said she answered a casting call last year to appear in a movie titled “Desert Warrior.”

Sep 11, 2012

AEG dropping insurance claim over Michael Jackson death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s former concert promoter AEG Live is withdrawing a $17.5 million insurance claim in the 2009 death of the pop star amid revelations in leaked emails that show company executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour.

Attorneys involved in the case denied on Tuesday that AEG Live’s move was related to the publication of the leaked emails by the Los Angeles Times on September 2.

Sep 8, 2012

David Spade looks to life beyond ‘Rules of Engagement’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian David Spade, wearing a sleek gray suit, slinks along the set of “Rules of Engagement,” past his character’s executive office and the greasy diner where he trades sarcastic one-liners with the rest of the cast.

Soon, the jokes will likely end.

A new season of the comedy starts on Monday on local television stations. But Spade said he expects this seventh season of the show to last 13 episodes – rather than the usual slate of 22 – and bring the series to an end.

Sep 8, 2012

Ex-DEA heads urge Holder oppose marijuana ballots

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.

The former officials said in a letter sent on Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law, indicating there would be a clash between the states and the federal government on the issue.

Sep 7, 2012

Former DEA heads urge Holder to speak out against pot ballots

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.

The nine former officials, illustrating a likely clash between the states and the federal government if marijuana use was allowed for fun, said in a letter dated Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law.

Jul 28, 2012

FBI says it may probe Anaheim police following shootings

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The FBI said on Friday it will consider investigating police in the city of Anaheim, following several high profile shootings by officers that have led to protests and civil unrest in the southern California city.

The announcement came the same day Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he had met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. Tait has publicly called for a federal review of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed, suspected gang member.