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US man 'behind anti-Islam film' arrested


A  federal official says the California man behind an anti-Islamic video that has inflamed the Middle East has been arrested for allegedly violating terms of his probation.

US Attorney's spokesman Thomas Mrozek said that 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken into custody. 

A US District Court hearing was scheduled for Nakoula this afternoon. It was closed to media and the public. 

Nakoula is on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction. 

Protests have erupted around the Middle East over a 14-minute trailer for the film "Innocence of Muslims" that depicts the Prophet Mohamed as a womanizer, fraud and child molester. 

Nakoula, a Christian original from Egypt, went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the movie trailer, which was posted on YouTube.