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  • ‘Innocence of Muslims’ led to protests  across Egypt and Libya on Tuesday

  • Producer claimed he was an Israeli Jew  living in California named Sam Bacile

  • But film’s consultant, Steve Klein, said the  man was using a pseudonym

  • Amid concerns over the filmmakers’ safety,  Klein: ‘I sleep with a 12 gauge shotgun by me and my wife sleeps with a 38  caliber pistol next to her’

  • Also doubts over veracity of film after  poorly dubbed scenes and editing

  • Cast and crew distanced themselves from film  saying they were ‘misled’

  • Speculation Bacile could be Morris Sadek, an  anti-Islamic Epytian

By Jill Reilly, Daniel Bates and Lydia Warren

PUBLISHED:07:09 EST, 12  September 2012| UPDATED:16:57 EST, 12 September 2012

Unapologetic: Steve Klein was a consultant on the film that sparked outrage in Libya, leading to the death of the U.S. ambassador 

Unapologetic: Steve Klein was a consultant on the film  that sparked  outrage in Libya and Egypt – but said the filmmaker worked under a  pseudonym

A search is on for the man behind the  ‘blasphemous’ film that branded Mohammed a fraud, a pedophile and a womaniser  and sparked deadly protests after records apparently reveal he does not  exist.

Questions have also arisen about the veracity  of the film itself after a trailer shows it is poorly over-dubbed and edited –  despite claims it cost $5 million to make.

The producer, whose movie led to  demonstrations that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American  officials dead on Tuesday, has previously claimed he was an Israeli Jew named  Sam Bacile living in California.

But his identity began to crumble as it  emerged Israeli authorities had no records of him being a citizen, and there  were no property, phone, license or court  records of Bacile in California.

He also has  virtually no footprint in the  Hollywood community, has no agent listed on  IMDBPro and no credits on  any film or TV production.

Steve Klein, a consultant for the film, told  the Nationalthat Bacile is not Israeli or Jewish and is  in fact working under a pseudonym – but he does not know the man’s real  name.

It raises questions over the real identity of  the man behind the ‘offensive’ film and his motives for creating a movie that  promised to spark outrage – and death.

And it appears he fooled the 80 cast and crew  members who worked on the film, Innocence of Muslims, who claimed in a statement  that they were misled by the producer.

‘The entire cast and crew are extremely upset  and feel taken advantage of by the producer,’ they said. ‘We are 100% not behind  this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose.

‘We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of  the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by  the tragedies that have occurred.’

Fury: Christopher Stevens US ambassador to Libya and Hillary Clinton. The film sparked violent attacks against U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt yesterday, killing five American citizens, including the US diplomat 

Fury: The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens,  right, died amid violent protests against the film

‘Bacile’ claimed the two-hour movie cost $5  million and was financed with the help of more than 100  Jewish donors, who  believe the film will help his native  land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the  world.

Yet the film’s trailer, which is on YouTube,  show poor production values that call that tall expenditure into  question.

Klein, who works as a Christian activist in  California, said ‘Bacile’  contacted him with help on the film as he leads  anti-Islam protests. ‘The Middle East  Christian and Jewish communities trust me,’ he said.

Klein added he knew little about the  filmmaker, but was certain Israel and the radical Christian pastor Terry Jones  were not involved.

‘His name is a pseudonym,’  he said. ‘All these Middle Eastern folks I work  with have pseudonyms. I would  suspect this is a  disinformation campaign.’

Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the article for  the National, said he will take the interview with Klein ‘with a grain of salt’ – yet he still has nothing to prove the name is anything but a  pseudonym.

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group  

Fury: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames  after a mob attacked the base

The strange turn of events come after a 13-minute trailer for his film, The Innocence  of Muslims, was dubbed  in Arabic last week and immediately sparked outrage in  Egypt.

Despite ‘Bacile’ claiming it cost $5 million,  the film showcases an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults  disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are  presented as a cadre of goons.

In an original English version and one dubbed  into Arabic,  Muhammad is depicted as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in a  ridiculing way, showing him having sex and demanding massacres.

Matters came to a head yesterday when hundreds of mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters marched to the  US  Embassy in downtown Cairo and circled the U.S. embassy in Benghazi,  Libya.

Amid the  demonstration it is believed a  group of attackers took the opportunity  to target the embassy, releasing  grenades, opening fire and killing  Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other  officials.

Violence: A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late yesterday  

Violence: A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after  being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late yesterday

But speaking to MailOnline, Klein said of the  death: ‘It is not our fault, we told the truth’.

He said that he did not feel guilty for the  murder of John Christopher Stevens and that the mob who carried it out were to  blame as they were following Mohammed’s violent teachings.

Klein said that the film was designed to stop  the Muslim population in America reaching 10 per cent as they would then ‘work  together and attack their host country’.

He said: ‘I feel bad for the death of  the  ambassador – he didn’t do anything to anybody – but it’s not our  fault. We  didn’t want anybody to get killed but on the other hand the  truth had to come  out.

‘We told the truth and these people reacted  the way that Mohammed wanted to them to react – by killing people.

Protection: Egyptian soldiers sit at one entrance to the US embassy, one day after Islamist protesters scaled the walls of the embassy in Cairo 

Protection: Egyptian soldiers sit at one entrance to the  US embassy, one day after Islamist protesters scaled the walls of the embassy in  Cairo


An Egyptian protester yells slogans in front of United States Embassy , the morning after it was vandalised. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound 

An Egyptian protester yells slogans in front of United  States Embassy , the morning after it was vandalised. Protests are continuing in  front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians  demonstrated at the Embassy compound

‘Do I feel guilt? Yes, but not for me, I feel  it for those that did this.  Do I feel shame? Yes, but not for me. Killing this  man fits in with  their legal and ethical standpoint.’

Terry Jones, Pastor  

Outrage: Pastor Terry Jones, who inflamed anger in the  Muslim  world in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran, said he had promoted  Innocence of Muslims

Mr Klein, a Christian who is now head of a  group called Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, said that he was  prepared for a backlash against him personally.

He said: ‘I am not afraid and if these people  tried to kill me they would  not be the first. I sleep with a 12 gauge shotgun  by me and my wife  sleeps with a 38 caliber pistol next to her.

‘I live in rural California with lots and  lots of guns – I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.’

Mr Klein said that he had spoken to Mr  Bacile on Tuesday night and that the  director was ‘in fear of his life’.

Klein said he warned the director  ‘you’re  going to be the next Theo van Gogh’ – a Dutch filmmaker killed  by a Muslim  extremist in 2004 after  making a film that was perceived as insulting to  Islam.

Mr Klein said: ‘He is scared and  nervous. He  didn’t say much. Going into this we knew something was going to happen, but we  didn’t realise this. He is in hiding and I have no  idea where he  is.’

While he declined to give details, Klein said  the film was paid for by ‘Middle Easterners, Jewish people, Christians and a lot  of former Muslims’. Some money came from Britain, Scotland, France, Germany and  Holland,’ he said.

But when it premiered in a cinema in Los  Angeles three months ago, he thought it was a ‘failure’.

Mr Klein said: ‘We handed out flyers all  around Southern California. It was originally called: ‘The Innocence of bin  Laden’ as we wanted to  draw in the most radical Muslims and we figured the one  per cent who  were the most militant would interested.

Murdered: Chris Stevens, pictured in Tripoli in June, was a 21-year veteran of the foreign service and determined to bring democracy to the people of Libya 

Murdered: Chris Stevens, pictured in Tripoli in June,  was a 21-year veteran of the foreign service and determined to bring democracy  to the people of Libya


‘In the end nobody showed up to see the  premiere. I called Sam right away and he sank into a depression.

Concern: Fears he will be next Theo van Gogh- the Dutch filmmaker was killed by a Muslim extremist after making film that was perceived as insulting to Islam 

Concern: There were fears ‘Bacile’ could be targeted  like Theo van Gogh, pictured, who was killed by a Muslim extremist after making  an anti-Islamic film

‘I told him nobody was there and he said: ‘Really?’ He was really upset. It seemed to fizzle out until a few days  ago.’

In a bizarre twist, Mr Klein added: ‘I was so  worried about retaliation  that I did not get out of my car when I was watching  to see who turned  up to the film.

‘I have gray hair and a big grey moustache so  I dyed them both black and wore  sunglasses so nobody would recognise me. I was  worried somebody would  turn up who knew who I was.’

There has been speculation that  Bacile may  in fact be Morris Sadek, a Coptic lawyer who has strong  anti-Islamic views and  fled Egypt in 1969. Last year, he was stripped of Egyptian citizenship after he  called on the US to intervene in the  country to protect its Christians.

Sadek said he was promoting the video on his  website and on certain TV stations, which he did not identify.

Asked if he felt sorry about the  deaths,  Sadek said: ‘Of course, of course, of course. Thought should be  answered by  thought,’ adding that he did not think the film was  offensive to  Islam.

Speaking by phone from an undisclosed  location on Tuesday, ‘Bacile’ remained defiant, saying he intended his  film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.

‘This is a political movie,’ said Bacile.  ‘The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and  Afghanistan, but we’re fighting with ideas.’

‘Islam is a cancer, period,’ he said  repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.


Attack: Hillary Clinton speaks in reaction to the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya, who she swore into office earlier this year 

Attack: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in  reaction to the killing of the US  Ambassador to Libya on Wednesday. She swore  him into office as the ambassador just a few months ago

The film depicts Muhammad as a  feckless  philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other  overtly insulting  claims that have caused outrage.

Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad  in any manner, let alone insult the prophet.

A Danish newspaper’s 2005 publication of 12  caricatures of the prophet triggered riots in many Muslim countries.

U.S. pastor Terry Jones, who had  inflamed  anger in the Muslim world in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran, said he had also  promoted ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

On his website yesterday he stated: ‘Tonight  after International Judge  Mohammad Day we will be showing the Mohammad Movie  Trailer, a video  promoting the movie, Innocence of Muslims.

‘It is an American production, not designed  to attack Muslims but to show  the destructive ideology of Islam. The movie  further reveals in a  satirical fashion the life of Muhammad.’

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey,  asked Jones to withdraw his support of the anti-Muslim film on  Wednesday.

He called the pastor to express his concerns  about the film, saying it could inflame tensions and trigger violence – but  Dempsey’s spokesperson did not say whether Jones agreed to limit his  support

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