A federal judge on Thursday ordered the producer of the anti-Muslim film “Innocence of Muslims” held without bail, following his arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, ABC News reports.
U.S. District Judge Suzanne Segal said the court had a “lack of trust” in Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, who has been identified as the producer of a crude, offensive film that has been blamed for violence and demonstrations in the Middle East this month.
On September 14, TPM reported that the U.S. Probation Office for the Central District of California was reviewing Nakoula’s case. In 2010, Nakoula had been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on bank fraud charges, and ordered not to use computers, cell phones, or the Internet for five years unless he got an OK from a probation officer. The shortened clip of “Innocence of Muslims” that was uploaded to YouTube in July was uploaded by a user named Sam Bacile, an alias which has been linked to Nakoula by media reports.
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