Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the alleged filmmaker behind Innocence of Muslims who was originally reported as being named “Sam Bacile,” has been taken in for interviewing by Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, the Los Angeles Times is reporting today.
Department spokesman Steve Whitmore tells the LA Times that the man was “taken in for a volunteer interview with probation officials and has not been arrested or detained.” Nakoula declined to answer reporters’ questions (the paper notes the deputies had waited until most of the media had gone to escort him out), and kept his face covered as he made his way out of his home.
Nakoula had previously claimed that he was the film’s logistics manager, and not its director. Believed to be a Coptic Christian from Egypt despite original reports that he was of Israeli background, he also reportedly told a Coptic bishop this week that he had no role in the film.
Response to the anti-Muslim film, which had been posted to YouTube earlier this summer, has been linked to the various riots and protests unfolding from North Africa and the Middle East into Southeast Asia this past week.
h/t LA Times
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