Skooter reporting 09/17/12
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a Southern California filmmaker who is said to be responsible to an anti-Islamic movie sparking protests across the Middle East was interviewed Saturday by federal probation officers for about half an hour at a Los Angeles sheriff's station shortly after 12 a.m. in his hometown of Cerritos, Calif. and decided not to return to his home, most likely heading into hiding, authorities said. After that, deputies dropped him off at an unrevealed location.
Nakoula went to the station in his own volition, wearing a coat, hat, scarf and glasses that covered up his appearance. His home has been snowed under by media for several days. This was his idea and he was not handcuffed. Federal officials are investigating whether Nakoula, 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 was identified by Federal authorities as a self-described Coptic Christian, and the main figure behind "Innocence of Muslims," a film belittling Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that triggered mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Steven Klein, from Riverside County who was a script adviser to the film and has a long background of anti-Islamic activism and also a Vietnam veteran told the Press-Enterprise newspaper that he has received multiple death threats. With a pistol in his hold, brandishing it in the air and wore only a pair of white shorts dotted with what seemed to be ink spots said that he is really tired and that he was standing up for his First Amendment rights in helping with the film and at the end he said he is prepared to take a bullet for those rights.