Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Milo Yiannopoulos Has Lost His Book Deal Following Child Abuse Comments

Milo Yiannopoulos Has Lost His Book Deal Following Child Abuse Comments

The conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos resigned Tuesday from the right-wing United States news site Breitbart amid a storm triggered by comments in which he seems to condone pedophilia.

The apology followed days of criticism from fellow conservatives after the release of video clips in which Yiannopoulos appeared to defend sexual relationships between men and boys as young as 13.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos denied supporting pedophilia, calling it "a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the very worst". He wrote that he had merely used "sloppy" phrasing, and that he has outed pedophiles in his work at Breitbart.

A senior editor at Breitbart told news website Washingtonian that if the company was not willing to act on Mr Yiannopoulos' remarks, there were "at least half a dozen people" who were willing to walk out. "They care about destroying me and my allies".

Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News editor, was dropped from the event after a controversial interview - during which he appeared to endorse child sex abuse - resurfaced.

The supporter of Donald Trump hit the headlines after footage emerged of him saying "older men help those young boys to discover who they are". "The age of consent in the United Kingdom is 16", he wrote.

Yiannopoulos, known for sparking outrage with his provocative positions, had also gone too far for publisher Simon & Schuster, which pulled the plug on his book deal, and the organizers of the Conservative Action Committee, who withdrew a speaking invitation to him Monday.

"To repeat, I do not support child abuse", he said.

At one point he refers to the possibility of relationships between 13-year-olds and 25 or 28-years-olds, claiming "these things do happen, perfectly consensually".

Yiannopoulos responded to the criticism of the comments he made in the video in a Facebook post titled "A note for idiots".

"My experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous", he said.

"No, no, no. You're misunderstanding what pedophilia means", Yiannopoulos can be heard telling radio hosts in a video chat.

He expressed regret he used the word "boys" instead of young men while discussing the benefits of relationships between men with large age differences.

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