LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say the man behind the anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East will now be referred to by his true legal name.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale said Friday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula will be now known as Mark Basseley Youssef in court records.
Court documents filed in Orange County Superior Court show he was granted a name change petition in 2002 and legally changed his name to Youssef because "Nakoula is a girl's name and it cause me troubles."
Youssef appeared in court Thursday after authorities said he violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction.
Violence sparked by the film has broken out in the Middle East where at least 50 people have died in protests related to the film.