Things are going from bad to worse for “Innocence of Muslims” actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who claims to be receiving death threats after the trailer for the controversial film exploded on social media and YouTube last week.
“We’re looking for a new place to live right now,” The New York Daily News quotes Garcia saying. “My husband is really worried. All my family is in hysterics.”
According to the newspaper, Garcia says she has contacted the FBI numerous times about the repeated threats. But officials have not returned the countless voicemail messages she has left at their bureau, she told the paper.
The actress, who has taken on an assumed name, claims she has been getting a plethora of nasty Facebook posts and messages incurring Allah’s wrath on her and hoping she “burns in hell,” along with all sorts of expletives and threats.
In one of the scarier posts, someone threatened to cut off Garcia's head “no matter what your country or lawmakers would have done to me.”
The controversial, low-budget film “Innocence of Muslims,” has sparked riots against the U.S. in the Middle East and may have fueled the uprising in Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Garcia claims she was duped and is outraged that the movie was digitally manipulated and became anti-Islam and anti-Muslim flick.
“The actors were deceived,” Garcia told The Hollywood Reporter.
“My voice was dubbed, and it wasn’t even my voice. I had no idea he did that until the trailer came out," Garcia said, referring to the film's director "My only part was the role of a mother talking to her husband, her daughter and this man named Master George.”
In the film, Garcia plays the mother of a 12-year-old girl who is set to marry Prophet Muhammad.
Garcia is heard insulting Muhammad, asking her husband if Muhammad was "a child molester” because her “daughter is but a child, and he’s 55 years old.”
“I have the full script of what I said. They were saying, "Praise God, praise God," because my daughter was going to be given in marriage to this man called Master George by my husband,” Garcia added. “So I mocked him for worshipping this man. They dubbed "Master George" to say ‘Muhammad."
The prophet is widely revered by Muslims and any depiction of him is considered highly offensive. Negative portrayals of Muhammad are taken personally and tend to trigger angry riots.
The ambassador and four Americans were killed last Tuesday following furor over the film.
Garcia said that she joined the project after the writer of the film, Sam Bacile, aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, offered her the part.
Garcia says she was told the film would be named “Desert Warrior,” and it was an action flick taking place in the desert over 2,000 years ago.
But after seeing the release of the 14-minute trailer on YouTube, where the Islam prophet Mohammed is shown in a negative light as a womanizer, murderer, thief and gay man, Garcia says she felt sickened.
“It repulses me,” Garcia said in the interview with THR. “I can’t even watch it.”