Transcript for Anti-Islam Film Producer Guilty on Drug, Fraud Charges
Tonight, finally, we have some facts about the mysterious man who created that movie, the inflammatory movie that sparked extremist reaction around the world. That man is still in hiding, still in the shadows. So, what was his motive? We asked abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross to find out. Reporter: Police and reporters surrounded the los angeles tome today of twice-convicted felon who authorities told abc news is the writer, director, and financier of the controversial film. There was some need for our presence to be here to provide safety. Reporter: Police identified him as 55-year-old nakoula basseley nakoula, who used the assumed name sam basile and is a member of egyptian christian coptic church. Records obtained by abc news show nakoula was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in THE s AND WAS LATER SENT TO Prison on bank fraud charges, where he told authorities he wrote the film's script. He was released from prison in june 2011 and production began just two months later at this sound stage in california. Actors say they were duped, told they were in a film to be called "desert warrior." The role of mohammed was listed as george, and its anti-islamic message was not in the script. I just want the world to know that I did not know. Reporter: Actress cindy garcia says the scene in which she accuses master george of being a pedophile, was over-dubbed with the word muhammad, replacing master george. I never said muhammad. I never heard muhammad. Reporter: As to throw more fuel on the flames, nakoula told reporters he was an israeli jew and that the jews financed the film. Authorities tell abc news he's admitted it was his wife's christian relatives in egypt that paid for the movie, about $60,000. And he's somewhere watching all of this? Reporter: He's watching all of this in hiding, apparently afraid for his life and afraid for his family in egypt, as well.
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