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Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film denies probation violation

LOS ANGELES — A California man behind an anti-Muslim film that inflamed parts of the Middle East has denied he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

US District Judge Christina Snyder said Wednesday that an evidentiary hearing will be held on Nov. 9 for 55-year-old Mark Basseley Youssef.

Prosecutors allege that Youssef had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases. Another judge last month found Youssef was a flight risk and ordered him jailed without bond.

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Federal authorities say Youssef, who also went by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was behind the film ‘‘Innocence of Muslims.’’ The movie prompted widespread violence in the Middle East, killing dozens.

Associated Press