Law enforcement has identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula as the man behind “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam movie that is widely blamed for riots around the world, the AP reports.
Nakoula had previously claimed he had a role in the film’s creation, but insisted he was not the director. Earlier reports centered around a certain Sam Bacile, but many doubts have been cast on Bacile’s identity. Cell phones tied to Bacile and Nakoula traced to the same address.
From the AP’s earlier reporting:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles Wednesday that he managed logistics for the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims,” which mocked Muslims and the prophet Muhammad.
Nakoula ran afoul of the law in 2010, when he pleaded no contest to federal bank fraud charges after being indicted in a somewhat intricate scheme involving fake bank accounts created using stolen Social Security numbers. He was given a 21 month prison sentence and had to pay $790,000.
Actors in “Innocence of Muslims” say they were duped by the man claiming to be Bacile, and that the film as they knew it was not about Islam. One actress claims all the offensive references were dubbed over the lines the cast actually read. The movie was originally titled “Desert Warriors.”
Source: The Huffington PostÂ