Responding to the raging Muslim world’s demand that he be punished, Federal probation officers interviewed Egyptian born, Los Angeles Coptic Christian filmmaker linked to an anti-Islam video, wrongly charged with inflaming protests across the Middle East. He was not arrested or detained. Yet.
Associated Press Federal officials are investigating whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, who has been convicted of financial crimes, has violated the terms of his five-year probation. If so, a judge could send him back to prison. Nakoula went voluntarily to the station, wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses that concealed his appearance, as protection against Muslim mobs threatening to kill him.
Federal authorities have identified Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, as the key figure behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Middle East.
The Riverside County man who was a script advisor to the film and who has a long history of anti-Islamic activism told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that he has received multiple death threats. “I’m really tired,” Steven Klein said when he answered the door of his home in Hemet, Calif., Friday with a pistol in his hand. The newspaper said Klein, a Vietnam veteran, appeared agitated. While waving the gun, he told the newspaper he was standing up for his First Amendment rights in helping with the film and said he is prepared to die for those rights.