Anti-muslim film maker goes into hiding after calling Islam a cancer
THE man who produced the film which is said to have led to the deadly protests in Libya has reportedly gone into hiding but is unrepentant, calling Islam "a cancer" and promising to release further films about the religion.
Sam Bacile has been named as the writer, director and producer of the two-hour film 'The Innocence of Muslims', which supposedly provoked the violence and led to the death of Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador in Benghazi.
Mr Bacile, who described himself as an Israeli Jew, reportedly lives in California, where he is employed in real estate.
He is either 52 or 56, according to various reports, although there is no record of him being listed at an address in the US or of him having produced any other films,.
Last night, the mystery over his identity deepened further when a consultant on the film rejected Mr Bacile's description of himself.
Steve Klein told Atlantic magazine that Mr Bacile was not Jewish or Israeli and that the name Sam Bacile was a pseudonym.
Mr Klein, who also has anti-Islam views, said that Mr Bacile contacted him about the film.
He added: "I don't know that much about him. I met him, I spoke to him for an hour.
"He's not Israeli. I can tell you this for sure, the State of Israel is not involved."
As news of the Libyan crisis unfolded, it was being reported that he had gone into hiding but remained unrepentant for releasing his film. He told the reporters: "Islam is a cancer, period."
He claimed the film cost £3.3m (€4.1m) to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors. He added that he had worked with 60 actors and 45 crew to make the film over three months last year in California.
"The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie," he said.
A 14-minute excerpt of the film was posted on YouTube in July. In it, the Prophet Mohammed is depicted as a violent womaniser. (© Daily Telegraph, London)