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Anti-Muslim Filmmaker To Be Set Free in SoCal Today
Filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef—the man behind the controversial viral video "The Innocence of Muslims"—is due to be released today.
Youssef, 56, has been held at "a residential re-entry facility, or a halfway house, in Southern California," since May, when he was released from federal prison, according to CNN.
He was sentenced to serve one year after admitting in court in November 2012 he violated the terms of his probation. Having previously denied the allegations in court, Youssef, (who has also used the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Sam Bacile) initially told the judge he did not use a number of aliases or provide false information to the officer who was overseeing his probation.
[Youssef's] incarceration wasn't directly related to the movie he produced, though it did shine a strong spotlight on him in more ways than one. Yet his actions producing "The Innocence of Muslims" did violate the terms of his probation for a 2010 bank fraud violation, authorities found.
Following his U.S. sentencing, Youssef was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court as a symbolic shot at the filmmaker, whose laughable, low-budget flick ended up sparking a wave of protests in the middle East with its anti-Islamic themes.
The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian has gone on record saying he has no regrets about making his film.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.