Man Behind Anti-Muslim Film to Appear in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The California man behind the anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Pakistani protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans at a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

The California man behind the anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Federal prosecutors argue that 55-year-old Mark Basseley Youssef had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases.

If Youssef denies those allegations, a judge will then likely schedule an evidentiary hearing.

Federal authorities say Youssef, who also went by the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was behind the film "Innocence of Muslims." The movie led to violence in the Middle East, killing dozens.

An email left for defense attorney Steven Seiden was not returned.


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