Sep 28, 2012 1:06 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Man behind anti-Islamic video changed his name

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Court files show that the man behind the crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East changed his name a decade ago, saying his given name was a girl's name.

The 2002 file obtained from Orange County Superior Court on Friday show that 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula changed his name to Mark Basseley Youssef.

Nakoula wrote that he wanted to change his name because, he said, Nakoula was a girl's name and caused him trouble.

Nakoula was arrested Thursday for violating probation on a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Federal officials say he is behind the 14-minute trailer insulting Islam that has inflamed the Middle East.

Nakoula was convicted in the bank fraud case and appeared in court Thursday under his original name.


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