The filmmaker allegedly responsible for the anti-Muslim film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ which sparked anti-US protests around world, was called in by Los Angeles police for questioning, county officials confirmed.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was taken to a police station in Cerritos, California, where he was interviewed by federal probation officers, L.A. County Sheriff Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore confirmed.
Media and law enforcement officials staked out a house reportedly owned by Nakoula at the end of a cul-de-sac in the southern California city for around 48 hours, until the man emerged wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses.
Nakoula’s Coptic Christian bishop claimed the man told him that he was not involved in the film, but that the media had linked his name to the video that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.
“The US probation office in the central district of California is reviewing the case,” court spokesperson Karen Redmond told reporters.
Police are investigating Nakoula’s alleged involvement in creating the film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ and for possible parole violations.
The 13-minute video, which portrayed the Prophet Mohammad engaging in a variety of offensive behavior, sparked anti-US anger and protests around the globe, including violent clashes at US embassies and the death of US ambassador to Libya.
Nakoula, known under at least a dozen other aliases, had been previously convicted of crimes including bank fraud and the intention to manufacture methamphetamine.
In 2010, he was found guilty of opening bank accounts using stolen identities and Social Security numbers, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Nakoula was released in June 2011 on the condition of restricted Internet access for five years.