Report: Anti-Muslim Film Director Also Made Softcore Porn

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The director of the anti-Muslim film blamed for violence and protests in the Middle East this week once directed softcore porn and other low-budget films, according to Gawker.In 2009 and 2011 casting calls for the film, now known as “Innocence of Muslims” but back then called “Desert Warrior,” the director on the project was listed as Alan Roberts. An IMDB page for an Alan Roberts credits him with directing films including 1972’s “The Sexpert,” 1980’s “The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood” and 1991’s “Karate Cop.”

David A. Prior, who worked with Roberts on low profile films in 2007 and 2008, told Gawker that Roberts had spoken to him about “Desert Warrior.”

“I am sure it was the same Alan Roberts, as I remember him speaking about this project,” Prior said in an email.

On Wednesday, CNN obtained a statement that purported to be from the entire cast and crew of “Innocence of Muslims,” stating that, “[w]e are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose.”

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