(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Innocence of Muslims, the short film that spurred riots worldwide in 2012, was ordered taken off YouTube by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Mark Basseley Youssef's 14-minute video posted on YouTube depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a fraud and womanizer.
While the film was also blamed for possibly touching off the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the court did not make its decision based on the violence caused by Innocence of Muslims but rather, a lawsuit filed by actress Cindy Lee Garcia.
It's Garcia's contention that she was duped by the producer into appearing in the movie, unaware that it would be later overdubbed with harsh criticisms of Islam and Mohammed not included in the original script.
Youssef served 12 months in jail for probation violations stemming from the making of the film.
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