Nakoula is an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian. Now living in California, he is a convicted drug dealer and conman who was released from jail in June of last year. Two attorneys visited Nakoula's home hours before he was taken in for questioning.
The film has ignited anti-American clashes from Morocco to Malaysia. In Benghazi, Libya, violent protests over the film led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials.