“Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos resigned as an editor at Breitbart News on Tuesday and apologized for comments he had made about sexual relationships between boys and men,” the AP reports.
“Yiannopoulos, speaking to reporters, said that two men, including a priest, had touched him inappropriately when he was between the ages of 13 and 16,” the report notes.
Said Yiannopoulos: “My experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous. But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, advocacy. I am horrified by that impression.”
The AP notes that Yiannopoulos’ 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.”
Yiannopoulos, who is gay, reportedly says in one of the clips that relationships between boys and men could “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.”
Among the fallout from the incident, Yiannopoulos was “disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference,” the AP reports, and publisher Simon & Schuster announced it is canceling the publication of his upcoming book, “Dangerous.”