The man behind Innocence of Muslims is currently behind bars. But Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s (aka Sam Bacile) arrest has nothing to do with the contoversial film or the multiple legal suits filed against him by actress Cindy Lee Garcia.
U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate, Judge Suzanne Segal said the filmmaker should be held for probation violation, stemming from his 2010 conviction for check fraud. “The court has a lack of trust in this defendant at this time,” Segal said.
The exact nature of the hearing could not be released because the federal court documents have been sealed, however, Nakoula did reveal his actual name, Mark Basseley Youseff, according to KPCC.
Youseff, who was accused of eight allegations of probation violation, will remain in jail until his next court appearance. Arguing that Youseff was not a threat and has had to endure hardships because of the media in the last few weeks, defense attorney Steve Seiden asked if his client’s bail be set at $10,000.
Judge Segal denied Youseff bail, saying he poses a flight risk. No date has been set for his next hearing.