Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies escorted attorneys to the home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Arab world.
About 2:30 p.m. Friday, as media representatives were camped out in front of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's Cerritos home, a sheriff's patrol car screeched to a halt and deputies got out. Then, a black Hyundai parked next to the deputies. Two men, a heavyset man with a mustache and a black-haired man wearing a dark suit, got out of the car.
Deputies formed a cordon to escort the men to the front door and to protect them from about 10 news cameras.
They stood in front of the door for long moments, then the door opened and the two men went inside.
Later, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore identified the two men as attorneys.
"That's all your going to get," he said, adding that he did not know further details. Whitmore said they are attorneys, but have not been retained by Nakoula.
An attorney who identified himself as Steve Seiden left the home about 3:30 p.m. He asked the media to leave and complained that Nakoula's children are "prisoners in their own house."He declined to say whether he had been hired and what his role is.
Nakoula told the Associated Press he was a logistics manager on the "Innocence of Muslims" movie, not the director. He told a Coptic bishop Thursday that he had no role in it, the clergyman told The Times.
Nakoula is believed to use the alias Sam Bacile, which was the name a caller who took credit for the film gave to the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal.