Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative provocateur and former editor at Breitbart, apologized Tuesday for resurfaced comments he made about pedophilia but also blamed the controversy on the news media.
(Article by Eddie Scarry from WashingtonExaminer.com)
He said he would announce an independent media venture in the coming weeks, and predicted his book would be published even after it was dropped by Simon and Schuster. He also said he would donate 10 percent of the royalties to child abuse charities.
The publisher dropped his book after a video surfaced in which he appeared to endorse sex between gay adults and minors. The video also led him to be disinivited from the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, and prompted him to resign from Breitbart.
But Yiannopoulos said in a press conference in New York that the video showed him talking about his own past, and stressed that he does not support illegal sex with minors.
He said he was a victim of child abuse and that one of his abusers was a priest. Though he did not view his own experience as abuse, he said, “I would like to restate my disgust at adults who abuse minors.”
Yiannopoulos said he apologizes to those he offended, including “other abuse victims who may have interpreted what is aid as flippant or uncaring.”
He said, however, that the controversy was the result of a “cynical media witch hunt.”
“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” Yiannopoulos said in one of the videos.
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