Sep 14, 2012
According to cops, the obscure Nakoula, 55, reportedly a Coptic Christian, was concerned for his family's safety after his residential address in privacy-strict California was publicly outed by media.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies visited the home of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Bacily Nakoula, aka Sam Bacile, aka Nicola Bacily, aka Erwin Salameh, aka Robert Bacily, aka Ahmad Hamdy, aka Kritbag Difrat, aka PJ Tobacco.
The Southern California filmmaker-of-many-names had expressed fear of retaliation after hearing that his anti-Muslim movie had gone negatively viral and was causing riots and killing.
Unbeknownst to Nakoula, his residence had already been placed under surveillance by federal law enforcement agencies, conveniently.
Local cops have the Media for Christ production facilities in Duarte, California placed under watch because it is the location where the controversial anti-Islam movie was made.
Nakoula's prior California federal bank fraud conviction, breathlessly mentioned everywhere, has nothing directly to do with dead diplomats. It does make his bio a bit more titillating, though.
Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya as a possible preplanned plot.
Where Nakoula Basseley Nakoula definitely committed a gross violation was in the thinly-disguised post-production audio dubbing that was superimposed over the actors' lines in the horribly-edited movie.
The film's cast is rapidly distancing themselves from the film to prevent further humiliation, declaring jointly:
"The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. We are 100 percent not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose. We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred."
Regardless, the now-notorious YouTube video is probably the most highly-publicized religious-themed independent film production since The Passion of the Christ, oddly.
Why so much international news coverage of an amateur-looking production with only a couple of good actors? Watch the following film trailer and decide for yourself.
Innocence of Muslims Film Trailer