The fallout continues for Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who is under fire for allegedly defending underage sex with boys. Milo made the controversial statements in videos that surfaced online on Sunday.
Milo reportedly said “In the homosexual world, particularly some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the sort of coming of age relationships,” may be deemed appropriate. In particular “the relationships in which those older men have helped those young boys to discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love … and sort of a rock where they can’t speak to their parents.”
Comedienne Leslie Jones, who became a target for Milo last year, encouraged Twitter fans to ignore reports about her online tormenter losing a $250,000 book deal with prominent publishing house Simon & Schuster.
Jones, 49, Tweeted, “You guys are giving him [too] much energy. I was done the day I blocked him & got his a** banned. Been done and moved on. He has no space here!”
Simon & Schuster announced it terminated a book deal for Milo’s book “Dangerous” amid the growing public outcry on Monday.
The right-wing conservative journalist was banned from Twitter in July 2016 after he allegedly orchestrated a hate campaign on Twitter filled with racist Tweets against Jones.
The ban actually gave Milo a larger platform and made him a sympathetic figure in the alt-right community, particularly on the high traffic website Breitbart.com, where he held the paid position as senior editor of technology.
Milo received multiple speaking offers on college campuses around the country, and Simon & Schuster offered him a $250,000 book deal.
Meanwhile, Jones, whose pleas to Twitter got Milo banned last July, suffered a setback when her Ghostbuster movie sequel bombed at the box office.
On Monday, Milo responded to the growing controversy in a statement on his Facebook page.
He said he was “horrified” by pedophilia and wrote, “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.”.
Milo had earlier stated he willingly gave up his virginity to a gay man at age 13.
As a result of the firestorm of publicity surrounding the videos, CPAC disinvited Milo to speak at its upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference on Wednesday.
As of Tuesday, Milo is still employed by Breitbart.com, whose employees threatened to walk out if he was not terminated.