"Innocence of Muslims" filmmaker was also a meth cook

This can't be the last bizarre detail we'll discover about the filmmaker

Published September 13, 2012 9:47PM (EDT)

Before creating whack-job movies, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the dodgy filmmaker behind "The Innocence of Muslims," (previously identified as "Sam Bacile") used to cook meth. The Daily Beast reports:

According to a source close to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested by the L.A. Country Sheriff's Department on March 27, 1997 and charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 3, 1997 to one year in county jail and three years probation. The D.A.’s office said he violated probation on April 8, 2002, and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail. 

As the media uncovers more about Nakoula--who knows, maybe he will land in jail, after all.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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