LOS ANGELES -- The man behind the anti-Islam YouTube video that ignited bloody protests in the Muslim world appeared in federal court on Wednesday and denied violating any of the terms of a probation sentence imposed on him in 2010 after a bank fraud conviction.
The defendant, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was arrested last month and ordered held without bond on the probation-violation charges. The charges all involve the use of aliases or allegations that Mr. Nakoula lied to the police about the extent of his work on the inflammatory "Innocence of Muslims," a 14-minute trailer that was posted on YouTube, prompting protests from Egypt to Pakistan.
On Wednesday afternoon Mr. Nakoula -- referred to in court by that name and by another one he legally adopted in 2002, Mark Basseley Youssef -- was placed under oath and given a stern reminder of what that meant by Judge Christina A. Snyder of Federal District Court. Mr. Nakoula then quietly said "deny" to each of the eight charges as Judge Snyder read through the list. She scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Nov. 9.
Prosecutors say that Mr. Nakoula used the alias Sam Bacile, among others, to make "Innocence of Muslims." While he admits to writing the movie's script, he denies larger involvement, which prosecutors say is a lie.
Mr. Nakoula, his hands cuffed in front of him, was returned to custody. He appeared upbeat, albeit slightly bewildered, at the proceedings. He wore an untucked shirt with a white collar and kept a pair of reading glasses perched on his balding head throughout the hearing, which took less than 15 minutes.
Steve Seiden, one of Mr. Nakoula's lawyers, asked that he be moved "out of protective custody and returned to the general population." Mr. Nakoula is being kept in protective custody here partly out of concern for his safety. A cleric in western Afghanistan offered a bounty of $300,000 on Wednesday to whoever kills the film's maker, just the latest of several Muslim religious leaders to offer such a reward.
Robert Dugdale, an assistant United States attorney, said he thought moving Mr. Nakoula into the general population was "unwise." Judge Snyder agreed but said it was a matter for prison officials to decide.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.