LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A California man behind an anti-Muslim film that inflamed parts of the
U.S District Judge Christina Snyder said Wednesday an evidentiary hearing will be held on Nov. 9 for 55-year-old Mark Basseley Youssef.
Prosecutors allege Youssef had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases. Another judge last month found Youssef was a flight risk and ordered him jailed without bond.
Federal authorities say Youssef, who also went by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was behind the film ``Innocence of Muslims.'' The movie prompted widespread violence in the
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man with many aliases who was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
Federal prosecutors said Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases. If Youssef denies those allegations, a judge will then likely schedule an evidentiary hearing.
Youssef has been in a federal detention center since Sept. 28 after he was arrested for the probation violations and deemed a flight risk by a magistrate judge.
He went into hiding after a 14-minute trailer for the movie "Innocence of Muslims" was posted on YouTube. Angry protests stoked by the film broke out in
Federal authorities have said Youssef isn't behind bars because of the film or its content, which portrays Muhammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. They said Youssef hasn't been truthful about his identity, using different names after he was convicted in 2010 of bank fraud.
Youssef was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer, though prosecutors said none of the violations involved the Internet.