Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart amid underage sex scandal

  • 22/02/2017

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from far-right website Breitbart as the fallout continues from comments he made about sex with underage boys.

The move comes just a day after he was dumped as a speaker at an upcoming conservative rally featuring US President Donald Trump, and a publisher cancelled the release of his upcoming book.

Yiannopoulos released a statement on his Facebook page and held a press conference to announce his resignation and once again defend his comments, which included claiming sex with a 13-year-old is not paedophilia and that sexual relationships between "younger boys" and "older men" can be "hugely positive experiences".

"I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' [work], which is why today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone," he said.

Reports began to circulate yesterday that Breitbart was looking to cut ties with him.

Yiannopoulos was brought on as a writer for the site when it was run by Steve Bannon, who has sinced moved on to become a White House chief strategist for the Trump administration.

Although he was employed as a technology editor, British Yiannopoulous became infamous for his opinion pieces, which were often criticised as transphobic, misogynistic and racist.

In its own statement, Breitbart said: "Milo Yiannopoulos's bold voice has sparked much-needed debate on important cultural topics confronting universities, the LGBTQ community, the press, and the tech industry.

"Milo notified us this morning of his decision to resign as editor of Breitbart Tech and we accepted his resignation."

At the press conference, Yiannopoulos chastised the media, claiming his downfall was a "politically motivated witch-hunt" and telling reporters "f**k you for that".

He also stated his book Dangerous will be released this year with a different publisher after Simon & Schuster dropped him.