Innocence of Muslims Film Maker Was Meth Cook

Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Was Meth Cook

By Bryan Le 09/13/12

The man behind the anti-Muslim movie that sparked the attack on the US embassy in Libya has a checkered past.

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If you watched clips of Innocence of Muslims—the low-budget anti-Muslim flop that sparked the attack on the US Embassy in Libya—and asked yourself what kind of drugs would compel a man to make such a thing, the answer is meth. Nakoula Bassleley Nakoula, who hid behind the alias "Sam Bacile" throughout the film's production, pleaded guilty to a charge of intent to manufacture methamphetamine in 1997. Nakoula, who calls Islam a “penis-driven religion” and a “cancer,” raised $5 million from Jewish donors to make the movie that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, pedophile and a homosexual. He claims to feel bad for the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, but doesn't feel it was his fault: “I feel the security system [at the embassies] is no good,” he says. “America should do something to change it.” Actors in the film claim they were led to believe they were making a movie called “Desert Warriors” and that the anti-Muslim lines were dubbed in later.

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter

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