- Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in custody for probation violation
- Producer is known for anti-Islam film that brought headlines
- He has a 2010 bank fraud conviction
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man allegedly behind the inflammatory film "Innocence of Muslims," has been granted supervised release from a federal prison, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Bureau of Prisons records show the 56-year-old Nakoula is at an undisclosed halfway house in Southern California.
He technically remains in federal custody, but the tentative release means he can leave the facility for a few hours a day. Until recently, he had been held behind bars at a correctional institution in Anthony, Texas.
Nakoula is due to be formally freed next month, according to records.
He had been incarcerated since September 2012 for a probation violation related to a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
Nakoula came to the world's attention after his movie, a trailer of which had been posted to YouTube, was highlighted last September by Egyptian media.
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said in television appearances that the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound was the result of a spontaneous demonstration over the film, which was produced in the United States. Her assertions later proved untrue.