Attorneys Meet With Believed "Innocence of Muslims" Filmmaker in Cerritos

"You are holding his children hostage. Please leave," says attorney

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    The man believed to be behind the anti-Islam film that may have sparked violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa has been in hiding for days, but on Friday LA County Sheriff's deputies escorted a criminal defense attorney and an associate into the filmmaker's home. They are the only people to enter the home in the last 48 hours. Vikki Vargas reports from Cerritos for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2012. (Published Friday, Sep 14, 2012)

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies escorted attorneys into a Cerritos home believed to be the residence of the man behind a movie that may have sparked violence in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Deputies on Friday were outside the Cerritos home, which according to property records is owned by Nakoula Besseley Nakoula.

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    Self-described film consultant Steve Klein says after several threats he’s decided to leave his Hemet neighborhood. Klein, a long-time anti-Islamic activist, told NBC4 he approved the script of an inflammatory 15-minute video depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a child molester and a thug. That video is being blamed for inciting days of violent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, where a U.S. ambassador and three aides were killed. Michelle Valles reports from Duarte for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2012. (Published Friday, Sep 14, 2012)

    Nakoula is suspected of being behind the anti-Islam film "The Innocence of the Muslims."

    Outside the home, one of his attorneys addressed the media (pictured, below), saying "You are holding his children hostage. Please leave."

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    There's speculation that the man who wrote, directed, and produced the controversial movie that touched off violent protests across the Arab world lives in Cerritos. His neighbors were surprised and concerned. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2012. (Published Friday, Sep 14, 2012)

    Early reports suggested that a group of Libyans were provoked to attack the embassy by the anti-Islamic film made in Southern California.

    But U.S. officials are also probing the possibility that it was a planned attack, timed to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    A federal grand jury indictment in February 2009 charged Nakoula in an alleged bank fraud conspiracy. The indictment accused him and others of fraudulently obtaining the identities and Social Security numbers of bank customers at Wells Fargo and withdrawing $860 from bank branches in Cerritos, Artesia and Norwalk.

    Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons confirmed that Nakoula served a year in jail after pleading guilty to possession of meth with the intent to manufacture in 1997.

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