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A 55-year-old California man linked to a controversial anti-Islam film is taken in for questioning.
Los Angeles authorities are investigating whether Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is convicted of bank fraud, violated his probation during the making of a film that has triggered deadly protests across the Muslim world.
Nakoula has denied involvement in the crudely-made English language film that insults the Prophet Mohammed.
The film has sparked days of demonstrations and the ransacking of a westeren embassies in the Middle East and north Africa.
On Friday, Nakoula's lawyer refused to comment on the investigation and asked that his client's privacy be returned.
SOUNDBITE) (English) STEVE SEIDEN, ATTORNEY FOR NAKOULA BASSELEY NAKOULA, SAYING:
"We're not going to answer any questions today. You're keeping his young children prisoners in their own home because they're afraid to come out. So if you'd disburse and maybe let them get out to do what they need to do we'd appreciate it and when we know more about what we're going to do in this matter we'll advise you."
U.S. authorities have said they are not investigating the film itself, which is protected under freedom of speech laws.