DUARTE, Calif. (AP) — A shared anger toward Islam ties together an ex-convict, an insurance salesman and a Christian charity that are behind a film that has incited protests across the Middle East.
The promoter of "Innocence of Muslims" is insurance salesman Steve Klein, who spent years espousing hatred of radical Muslims. Media for Christ is listed as the production company and raised more than $1 million last year "to glow Jesus' light" to the world.
And Nakoula Basseley Nakoula — who was convicted of bank fraud and has used multiple names — says he managed logistics for the film. Federal authorities have identified him as the key figure behind the film.
What prompted the charity's involvement isn't known.
Much about the film remains a mystery, including who financed it.