The man responsible for "Innocence of Muslims" — the anti-Muslim film that was blamed for a wave of violence across the Middle East earlier this year — was sentenced to a year in federal prison on Wednesday, after admitting Wednesday to four of the eight allegations against him, an individual with knowledge of the sentencing told TheWrap.
Mark Youseff — who's also gone under the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, among numerous other aliases — will also be subject to four years' supervised release following his prison stint.
Youseff admitted to using the alias of Nakoula after changing his name to Youseff; possessing a California driver's license under the name Nakoula when his name was Youseff; possessing a fraudulently obtained driver's license; and falsely telling his probation officer that he had never used the name Sam Bassil and variations thereof.
Youseff had been accused of violating the terms of his probation stemming from a bank fraud case. He had been forbidden from using aliases, or a computer without his probation officer's permission. In a hearing at the Edward R. Roybal federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles last month, Youssef denied the allegations against him.
Prior to Youseff's admission, an evidentiary hearing had been scheduled for Nov. 9.
Youseff was arrested in late September and ordered held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
The filmmaker still faces another legal snare — he's being sued by Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in the film. Garcia said she was misled about the nature of the film, which was originally titled "Desert Warrior," and that her anti-Muslim dialog was dubbed in after the fact.