Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (also known as Sam Bacile) has been revealed as the creator of the anti-Muslim film that has contributed to violent protests in the Middle East.
"Innocence of Muslims", a low-budget movie filmed this year, has been blamed at least in part for the recent political and social unrest in the already volatile region.
Here's the New York Daily News' photo of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (a.k.a. Sam Bacile) on the set of Innocence of Muslims with actress Anna Gurji ...
Nakoula, who resides in Cerritos, Calif., is believed to have gotten considerable financial backing for the now-infamous movie from strident anti-Islam organizations.
The film triggered violence in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestinian territories and Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.
Federal investigators questioned - but later released - Nakoula, who is on probation for a check-kiting scheme. The 55-year-old was not arrested by authorities.
The Egyptian-born filmmaker has since gone into hiding, according to The AP.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the video as "disgusting and reprehensible" last week but defended the right of American citizens to express their opinions.