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'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker makes first public comments since being jailed

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Since being jailed for the past two months in Los Angeles after being arrested for violating his supervised release on a fraud conviction, Innocence of Muslims filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has remained mum to the public — until now.

Nakoula told The New York Times through written responses via his lawyer in a story published Sunday that he absolutely does not regret making his anti-Muhammad film. The movie’s bare bones 14-minute trailer on YouTube sparked bloody outrage throughout the Middle East in September.

“I thought, before I wrote this script, that I should burn myself in a public square to let the American people and the people of the world know this message that I believe in,” said Nakoula, a 55-year-old Coptic Christian born in Egypt.  READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: Man behind anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims' arrested on investigation of violating probation

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The California man behind the anti-Islamic, poorly made video Innocence of Muslims which has fueled massive protests and outrage in the Middle East has been arrested on investigation of violating the terms of his probation, a federal official confirmed to EW on Thursday.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was set to appear in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon, said Thom Mrozek, a United States Attorney’s Office spokesman in Los Angeles.

“Mr. Nakoula was arrested pursuant to allegations made by the United States Probation Office that he has violated the terms of his supervised release,” Mrozek said.

Controversy and mystery have swirled around Nakoula, who has been identified as the man behind a 14-minute trailer posted to YouTube for Innocence of Muslims, which depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and womanizer. Nakoula is a Coptic Christian based in Southern California.

Multiple actors and actresses in the low budget film have spoken out against it, including actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who has sued Nakoula, YouTube and its owner Google to get the trailer removed, saying she was duped, and that the original script did not mention Muhammad.

Update:

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mrozek told EW that the U.S. District Court judge, during Nakoula’s hearing Thursday, had ordered Nakoula detained without bond. “The judge in the case will schedule a hearing to consider the allegations and determine if he violated the terms of his release,” said Mrozek. Nakoula was placed on probation for a bank fraud conviction in 2010. He has since allegedly used various aliases.

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'Innocence of Muslims' actress sues film's producer, YouTube, Google

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A California actress in the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked violent outrage in the Middle East after clips and a trailer were posted online, has sued the film’s controversial producer and YouTube, claiming fraud, slander and overall emotional distress.

Cindy Lee Garcia, who has told multiple outlets that she and her family have received death threats over the film, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday against the movie’s murky producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, YouTube, its owner Google and 200 unnamed defendants, according to court documents obtained by EW.com.

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