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'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker's family leaves home overnight, reunites with filmmaker

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LA County Sheriff deputies escort Nakoula Besseley Nakoula from his Cerritos home shortly after midnight Saturday morning.

The family of a filmmaker linked to anti-Islamic movie "Innocence of Muslims" left their California home in the middle of the night, then reunited with the filmmaker.

The family of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula left their Cerritos home about 3:45 a.m. Monday, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They were given a ride by sheriff's deputies before being reunited with Nakoula, then headed to an undisclosed location.

Nakoula wore heavy clothing to disguise his appearance when he left his home over the weekend. He was interviewed by federal probation officers — they're reviewing a 2010 case in which he pleaded no contest to bank fraud charges.

Federal authorities have identified Nakoula as the key figure behind "Innocence of Muslims," a film denigrating Islam that ignited violence against U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

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