CERRITOS (AP) — The family of a filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie has left their California home in the middle of the night.

Steve Whitmore, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, says the family of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula left their Cerritos home about 3:45 a.m. Monday. They were given a ride by sheriff’s deputies, reunited with Nakoula and then headed to an undisclosed location.

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Nakoula wore heavy apparel to disguise his appearance when he left his home over the weekend. He was interviewed by federal probation officers, who are reviewing a 2010 case in which he pleaded no contest to bank fraud charges.

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Federal authorities have identified Nakoula as the key figure behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam that ignited violence against U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

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