Milo Yiannopoulos Loses Book Deal, Disinvited From CPAC Amid Pedophilia Scandal

Announcement cancelling Yiannopoulos's book came hours after the Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur was disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Milo Yiannopoulos speaking in Colorado in Jan. 2017.
Milo Yiannopoulos speaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Jan. 2017.Credit: Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP

Milo Yiannopoulos' publisher has cancelled his planned book, "Dangerous."

Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint announced Monday that "after careful consideration" they had pulled the book, which had been high on Amazon.com's best-seller lists and was the subject of intense controversy.

The announcement came hours after the Breitbart editor and right-wing provocateur was disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference because of past comments about relationships between boys and men.

"Dangerous" was originally scheduled to come out in March. But Yiannopoulos had pushed back the release to June so he could write about the uprisings during his recent campus tour.

More than 100 Simon & Schuster authors had objected to his book deal. Author Roxane Gay withdrew a planned book with the publisher.

The right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos tried in a Facebook post to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz.

After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a backlash, the Reagan Battalion tweeted video clips Sunday in which Yiannopoulos discusses Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality.

When it comes to Jews, according to the Salon website, a clip posted by The Reagan Battalion showed Yiannopoulos claiming: "It’s a statistical fact, Jews own most of the banks, Jews completely dominate the media, vastly disproportionately represented in all of these professions."

Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook blamed deceptive editing and his own “sloppy phrasing” for any indication he supported pedophilia.

The British author says he spoke of his own relationship when he was 17 with a man who was 29. The age of consent in the U.K. is 16.

It’s unclear who edited the videos.

Yiannopoulos writes for Breitbart News, considered by many a platform for the so-called “alt-right” movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.

The Reagan Battalion is a blog that describes itself as “news, information, commentary, from a conservative perspective.”

With reporting by Haaretz.

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