Published On: Sun, Sep 16th, 2012

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the real Sam Bacile and Alan Roberts are identified as creators of Muhammad video

Sam Bacile” was the only name tied to the Muhammad YouTube video which has been blamed for the US Embassy attacks, violence and protests all over the Middle East and some parts of Europe and Africa.

Now Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been taken in for questioning as the producer and likely mastermind behind developing the film under this fake name. Reporters and US law officials have monitored Nakoula at his California home, but on Saturday officials conducted an interview and are evaluating if the man breached the terms of his 2010 probation.

Muhammad video photo “Innocence of Muslims” screenshot

Nakoula pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges in California and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered not to use computers, the Internet or online user or screen names for five years without approval from his probation officer. He is still on probation, according to court records.

His probation order also warned Nakoula against using false identities.

Nakoula is reportedly a Coptic Christian, a population that has been persecuted in Egypt,

The permit to shoot the film, normally a public document, is being withheld at the “request of federal authorities, who have cited public safety concerns,” according to Ryan Alsop, assistant chief executive office for Los Angeles County. He did not elaborate. Such permits normally contain little more than logistical information.

Meanwhile, the identity of the director, Alan Roberts, has also been released.

“Alan was working under Sam, sort of,” Eric Moers told Gawker, who was hired as a grip and electrician on the production. “But Alan was directing the movie, there was no question about it. Sam would just say [things like] ‘Move faster, we have things to do.'”

Moer said Roberts didn’t seem to know what he was doing on set. 90% of the film was shot on a green screen, but Moer had to explain the most basic concepts of special effects to Roberts.

“He was a directorial hack, he didn’t know basic things. It was very unprofessional,” said Moer. Moer recalls one instance where Bacile told him he and Roberts were going to take a trip to Egypt to shoot photos to use as the green screen backdrop. Moer told him that was a huge waste of time and money because they could easily make an Egypt-like scene here in California.

“But Sam kept telling me that Alan really wants to go to Egypt. I told him, ‘I think Alan just wants a free trip to Egypt.'”

Robert’s directing style was also lacking: “He was going for real camp, really amping up the acting,” Moer said.

Tim Dax

Tim Dax, an actor (and gay porn star) who had a substantial part in the film, confirmed that Alan Roberts, the director, and Sam Bacile, the producer, were two different people.

Joe My God Blog published this statement by Dax, who is declining interviews:

i can tell you i auditioned for a movie called Desert Storm that was about Ancient Warriors. My character was called Sampson on the paper with a few lines I got each day upon arriving on set. We never saw a full script or any lines after the day we shot them. Many questions were asked regarding absurdity of lines and situations. Sam the producer who I believed to be, but not certain as Egyptian. His reply would always to work with what we were given as he wrote the script. The clip that I saw part of today for the first time is questionable as to being my voice. The voice over work is dubious at best. a week and a half of work, 75 bucks a day & lunch. ; ) Can’t tell you anymore than that other than I’m am very much NOT anti muslim. one world one love. Tim.


The film was originally called Desert Warrior, and instead of an offensive spoof of Muhammed it was presented as a generic tale of life in ancient Egypt. The offensive material about Muhammed and Islam was dubbed over in post-production.

Vice.com has reported that they have documents indicating that Alan Roberts is actually Robert Brownell (aka Robert Brown) and tie the individual to the “Innocence of Muslims” project.

The documents clearly state that in 2009 and 2011 Brownell purchased pre-production services related to Desert Warrior, the working title of the film, and the documents list Brownell’s address in Tarzana, California with a “contact information,” which lists yet a different name—Alan Roberts.

Muhammad video screenshot showing Tim Dax in the background, right

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