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0'Innocence of Muslims' Film Director Confirmed as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian

A Coptic Christian man has reportedly been confirmed as the film director behind the controversial amateur video depicting Prophet Mohammad in a negative light. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, from southern California, is said to be the director of the film following a leak by a US official. Nakoula had previously been accused of producing the film, but claimed that a man named Sam Bacile was in charge. It now appears that there was no Sam Bacile. Mr. Nakoula has a checkered past, with a 2010 federal conviction for fraud and 21 month jail term. Copts are a minority Christian grouping from Egypt and some of their followers have urged for a considered and rational response to the film. Christian citizen George Sobhi “We are not happy, or anyone is not happy with the movie, but we should not react by killing others or attacking because this is a foreign property, it’s like attacking somebody in his own home, which is not good. This is make things more on fire on the ground so we should be more civilised in our reaction.” The movie, allegedly created by Nakoula, called ‘Innocence of Muslims’, depicts their Prophet as a womanizer and a religious fake and has since led to violent riots and protests across the Middle East.