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.[1][2][3][4]

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,[5] he was ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.[1] 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.[6]

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.[7][8][9]


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