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California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

Associated Press Modified: September 13, 2012 at 3:17 am •  Published: September 13, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The provocative anti-Muslim film that whipped up mob protests in Egypt and Libya received logistical help from a man once convicted of financial crimes.

And the film's actors complained Wednesday that their inflammatory dialogue was dubbed in after the filming.

The self-proclaimed director of "Innocence of Muslims" initially claimed a Jewish and Israeli background. But others involved in the film said his statements were contrived, and evidence mounted that the film's key player was a Californian Coptic Christian with a checkered past.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula denies he directed the film. But a cellphone number that the Associated Press contacted Tuesday to reach the filmmaker who identified himself as the director traced to the same address near Los Angeles where Nakoula was located.