Here's the first known picture of Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, the Coptic Christian filmmaker unmasked as the brains, so to speak, behind the Innocence of Muslims trailer that helped inspire ongoing violent protests in the Middle East. He's with actress Anna Gurji, who played one of Muhammed's wives in the film, on the Innocence of Muslims set.
The 55-year-old Nakoula has, understandably, been keeping a low profile since the AP revealed he was the real identity of "Sam Bacile," the producer and writer of Innocence of Muslims. After hiding out in his Cerritos, California home for days, Nakoula was finally hustled out of his home on Saturday by police with his face hidden by a scarf, hat and sunglasses. He was taken to be questioned by authorities who had concerns he may have violated his parole by posting the video. Nakoula was convicted of financial fraud in 2010 and barred from using the internet without approval. Nakoula hasn't been seen since his brief appearance on Saturday, and the rest of his family snuck out of their home at around 3:45am this morning, according to reports.
Update: The actress, Anna Gurji, has penned a lengthy letter to graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, explaining that she was horrified by the final product.
[Image via WENN/Nick Stern]