‘Innocence of Muslims’ Filmmaker gets prison time
(CNN) – The man accused of making the anti-Islam film that incited violence in the Middle East was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday.
Not for the movie, but because he admitted using an alias—which prosecutors said violated his probation, from a 2010 bank fraud case.
Mark Basseley Youssef was identified in initial news accounts as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the name used in the bank fraud case.
Youssef garnered international attention following protests against his film throughout the Muslim world.
The movie “Innocence of Muslims” portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, buffoon, ruthless killer and child molester.
Protests erupted in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories when an Arabic translation of the film’s trailer was released online a few weeks before the anniversary of September 11th.