Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison

(ABC News) Richard Esposito and Brian Ross - The controversial "Innocence of Muslims" film was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody. Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film, which has led to violence in the Arab world. Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000. He claimed the money for the movie came from his wife's family in Egypt.

2012-09-14 00:00:00

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