Washington: Family members of the man who produced the controversial anti-Muslim movie that left the Islamic world outraged, have reportedly fled their home to join him in hiding.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has not returned to his California home since being interviewed last Friday by federal probation officers about his role in the creation of the film titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department officers on Monday escorted members of Nakoula's family out of the house and into police vehicles so they could rejoin Nakoula at an undisclosed location.
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said ‘the family decided they would be safer where they could move about and live a normal life’.
“All we did was pick them up and reunite them with Nakoula,” ABC news quoted Whitmore, as saying.
Whitmore said the family's current whereabouts are unknown to him, and it was his understanding that they won't ever return to their house, though that decision was "entirely up to the family."
Nakoula had originally used the pseudonym Sam Bacile, telling reporters he was an ‘Israeli Jew’.
American authorities later revealed that Nakoula is actually an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian, and that he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie.
First Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 14:44