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Producer of 'Innocence of Muslims' jailed, reveals his real name is Mark Youseff

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Update 5:45 pm: 

Youseff will remain in jail until his next court appearance, KPCC's Erika Aguilar reports. The producer of "Innocence of Muslims" was denied bail. Magistrate judge Suzanne H. Segal said Youseff poses a flight risk.

Defense attorney Steve Seiden had asked that Youseff's bail be set at $10,000, arguing that he was not a threat and that the media had "virtually kept his family prisoner" for the last few weeks.

Youseff, who revealed that he also goes by the aliases Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Sam Bacile, was accused of 8 allegations of probation violation. No date has been set for his next hearing.

Update 5:30 pm: 

The man behind the anti-Islamic "Innocence of Muslims" film revealed during today's hearing that his real name as Mark Basseley Youseff. 

Youseff's defense attorney requested that the hearing be closed to the media, for his client's safety, but a judge denied that request. They will, however, shift the placement of the camera to make it more difficult for the press to see the defendent, reports KPCC's Erika Aguilar, who's in the nearby Roybal Federal Building where the hearing is being simulcast for about 30 reporters.

Youseff's defense requested that the filmmaker's bond be set at $10,000.

Posted 3:30 pm:

The man allegedly behind the making of the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" that sparked riots throughout the Middle East and elsewhere has been arrested, the AP reports. 

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested for violating the terms of his probation. He's scheduled to appear at the U.S. Courthouse on Spring Street in downtown L.A., according to the court's website. The meeting will be closed to the media and public, according to U.S. Attorney's spokesman Thomas Mrozek.

Nakoula is on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction. The probation department had been reviewing the case of Nakoula, who was previously convicted on bank fraud charges and was banned from using computers or the Internet as part of his sentence.

U.S. Court spokeswoman Karen Redmond had previously told KPCC tha if the probation department determines Nakoula violated terms of his release, a judge could send him back to prison.

Protests erupted around the Middle East over a 14-minute trailer for the film "Innocence of Muslims" that depicts Muhammad as a womanizer, religious fraud and child molester.

Nakoula, a Christian originally from Egypt, went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the movie trailer, which was posted on YouTube.

This story has been updated.


Correction: An earlier version of this post mis-stated the location of today's court hearing.

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