PMLOS ANGELES, (UPI) — A man behind the anti-Muslim film blamed for unrest in the Muslim world was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles for alleged probation violations, authorities said.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in California Thursday afternoon, court officials said in a news release.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies took Nakoula into custody Sept. 15 for what a department spokesman called a voluntary interview with probation officials. He covered his face as sheriff’s deputies escorted him from a home in Cerritos, Calif.
Karen Redmond, a spokeswoman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, said at the time the Office of Probation in the Central District of California was evaluating whether Nakoula’s alleged involvement in producing the anti-Muslim film and posting it online violated his probation in a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Under the terms of his probation, he is not allowed to access the Internet without permission from his probation officer.
The film, “Innocence of Muslims,” depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a power- and sex-hungry bisexual pedophile of indeterminate parentage. It sparked protest at U.S. State Department facilities in dozens of nations, including some that turned violent.