Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (born c. 1957), also known by numerous aliases, is an American Coptic Christian filmmaker who serves as manager for the company that produced the anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims.
Life and career
Nakoula pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges in California and was ordered to pay $794,701 in restitution. He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Following his release in June 2011, he was ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer. According to Associated Press, "Prior to his bank fraud conviction, Nakoula struggled with a series of financial problems," including a $106,000 lien filed against him in 1997 and a $191,000 tax lien in 2006.
Although Nakoula has denied being the film's pseudonymous director Sam Bacile of the controversial Innocence of Muslims film, the Associated Press reported that the cellphone number Bacile used for an interview matched Nakoula's address.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Flaccus, Gillian (September 12, 2012). California man confirms role in anti-Islam film. Associated Press
- ↑ Nissbaum, Dion; Oberman, James; Orden, Erica (September 12, 2012). Behind Video, a Web of Questions. Wall Street Journal
- ↑ Smiley, Brett (September 13, 2012). Mystery Man Behind the Anti-Islam Film May Have Been Identified. New York
- ↑ Economy, Randy (September 13, 2012). World media converge on quiet Cerritos cul-da-sac in search of Anti-Islamic film maker. MediaNews Group
- ↑ "Locate a Federal Inmate: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 2012. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=Nakoula+&Middle=Basseley&LastName=Nakoula&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=50&y=8. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- ↑ Associated Press (September 13, 2012). U.S. identifies anti-Muslim filmmaker. USA Today
- ↑ Carroll, Rory (September 12, 2012). Anti-islamic film search leads to coptic Christian in California. The Guardian
- ↑ Peralta, Eyder (September 12, 2012). What We Know About 'Sam Bacile,' The Man Behind The Muhammad Movie. NPR
- ↑ Gazzar, Brenda; Scauzillo, Steve (September 12, 2012). Movie that set off violence in Middle East produced by Duarte nonprofit. San Gabriel Valley Tribune