Authorities Question May Who May Be Anti-Muslim Filmmaker

By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: CBS News, Posted by Chelsey Moran

(CBS News) LOS ANGELES -- The filmmaker who may be behind the anti-Muslim movie that sparked widespread protests in the Arab world against the U.S., some of which turned violent, has been escorted from his Cerritos, Calif. home by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies.

CBS station KCBS has video of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, with a hat on and towel around his face, being escorted from the suburban L.A. house shortly after midnight local time.

Nakoula is thought to be the filmmaker behind "Innocence of Muslims."

KCBS says the Sheriff's Department told the station it is assisting federal authorities with an investigation they're conducting.

The Los Angeles Times and Reuters report the probe centers around possible probation violations by Nakoula stemming from the making of the film. He was previously convicted of bank fraud.

The Times says Nakoula was being interviewed but had not been arrested or detained.

Reuters reports deputies say Nakoula left his home voluntarily.

An attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya shortly after a trailer from the movie was posted online resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

The four bodies were returned to the U.S. Friday.


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