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Maker of anti-Islamic film denies probation violations

LOS ANGELES -- The man behind the anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East made a brief appearance in court where he denied that he violated terms of his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction by using aliases and lying about his role in the movie.

Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, entered the courtroom packed with media and quietly repeated "deny" when all eight probation violation allegations were read by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, who scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Nov. 9.

None of the alleged violations have to do with the content of the movie or whether Youssef was the one who posted to YouTube the 14-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," which depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. Federal authorities are seeking two years in prison for Youssef, who remains in custody and held without bail.

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