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Family of anti-Islam filmmaker joins him in hiding–police


Reporters gather outside the house of a man thought to be associated with the production of the anti-Muslim movie, “Innocence of Muslims”, on September 13, 2012 in Cerritos, California. The man suspected of producing a crude film lampooning the Prophet Mohammed has been placed under police protection after protests erupted around the world, a force spokesman said September 13, 2012.  AFP/ David McNew

LOS ANGELES — The family of the producer of “Innocence of Muslims” joined him in hiding Monday as more cast members of the film that outraged the Islamic world insisted they had been duped into making it.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and fraudster who was sentenced to 21 months in prison in June 2010, has not been seen since Saturday when he was questioned by his parole officer.

Before dawn on Monday, officers from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department escorted four members of Nakoula’s family out of their home to be driven in unmarked police vehicles to an undisclosed location to join him.

They concealed their faces as they exited the house — besieged by news crews since Nakoula was linked to the amateurish film that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and ruthless killer — in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos.

Local website Patch, in its Cerritos edition, identified the four as Nakoula’s wife, his two sons and a daughter.

“They decided they would be safer where they could move about and live a normal life,” said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, quoted by ABC News.

“All we did was pick them up and reunite them with Mr Nakoula…. What they told me is that for the time now and for the immediate future, for the weeks and months to come, they will not be returning to this address.”

Nakoula had been convicted of aggravated identity theft in connection with a check kiting scheme that, according to prosecutors, used false names and Social Security numbers.

He spent about a year in prison before his release on parole. Speculation in US news media on Monday focused on whether his involvement with the film might have violated his terms of parole.

Protests over a YouTube trailer for the anti-Islam film erupted last Tuesday in Egypt as well as in Libya where an armed mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi and killed US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The demonstrations, sometimes violent, later spread to other Muslim-majority nations in North Africa, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Two more American actors emerged Monday to discuss the making of the film, saying its anti-Islamic intentions had been concealed from the cast and crew when shooting was under way.

Lily Dionne told CNN she signed on to the project — originally titled “Desert Warrior” with a central character named George — in response to a casting notice on the Craigslist website.

Dionne, who had just arrived in Hollywood to pursue her acting career, said Nakoula appeared on set to be in total control of the project, to the point of arguing with the director at times.

“He had a vision… he wanted things a certain way,” she said. “He knew what he was doing. He was playing us all along.”

Of the plot, she said: “We did wonder what it was about. They kept saying ‘George.’ Like, this was the Middle East two thousand years ago. Who’s ‘George’?”

Later, when the project was in post-production, Dionne and other cast members were called in to record “specific words, like Mohammed, for example. It was isolated. It wasn’t in context.”

Another actress, Anna Gurji, told how she had auditioned last year for a supporting role in what she called “an indie low-budget feature movie … about a comet falling into a desert and ancient tribes fighting over it…”

“A year later, the movie was dubbed (without the actors’ permission), the lines were changed drastically and the movie was morphed into an anti-Islam film,” she said.

“Even the names of the characters were changed. And the character I had scenes with GEORGE became MUHAMMAD,” she added, in a letter to British writer Neil Gaiman, who posted it on his blog (journal.neilgaiman.com).


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IWDCPTWR4BIV4N74IREDGQJ5CQ BenA

    This character has been convicted of a crime of deception at an advanced age. He must have earned his bread that way undetected wherever he came from. He got caught doing it in the USA.The punishment meted against his crime has been very lenient which gave him more time to commit another…that of deceiving others to finish a controversial film that has global impact. He ought to be punished for this considering the turmoils and deaths as a result. Punish him again and deport him later. He has no future to contribute to mankind.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Perhaps this character is making money by inciting Muslims to a jihad.

  • idolhunter

    gagawa ka ng isang bagay, panindigan mo. hindi yung gagamitin mo freedom of speech tapos kapag nagkainitan, magtatago ka.

    konting isip muna kasi bago gamitin ang freedom of speech. hindi ganun kasimple ang mga bagay-bagay sa mundo na ito. 

    always expect some people to be offended, but you should be ready to defend your statements or expression with logic if you believe in it. you don’t just express for the sake of expressing, dapat may laman at hindi kagaguhan.

  • Bonggebongge

    Nice George….

  • divictes

    Bad acting, clumsy dialogue, cheap props… without these furor, it would had gone unnoticed and died a natural death of the mediocre. But now Nakoula/Bacile must be grinning like a sated cat that got the mouse. He succeeded in getting everyone’s attention worldwide! 

  • esdi

    Americans are being attacked because of this irresponsible act and yet they are still giving him police protection? 

  • Panch1t0

    These are intelligent people doing stupid things, like Mr. Carabuena, putting their lives and their family into misery.



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