On Tuesday afternoon, Milo Yiannopoulos gave a press conference in New York City to declare his official resignation from Breitbart News after an ongoing controversy about his comments regarding pedophilia.
Protestors filled outside, including members of the violent far-left group Antifa.
Yiannopoulos opened his presser by announcing he is a gay man, a child abuse victim, that he misspoke, and apologized for his comments.
“I would like to restate my disgust of adults who abuse children, I’ve exposed three (pedophiles), which is three more than most of my critics,” Yiannopoulos said during the press conference. “I don’t believe having sex with 13-year-olds is okay, I was talking about myself when I was 13-years old.”
“I do not support child abuse, my comments were about my own life experiences,” he continued. “The last 48 hours have been humiliating. It’s not the way I wanted my parents to find out.”
After apologizing for misspeaking, Yiannopoulos announced that his highly anticipated book Dangerous will still be released under a different publisher. Furthermore, 10 percent of his royalties will go to victims of child abuse.
Yiannopoulos continued by saying he plans on launching a media company in the near future that will focus on education and entertainment, and less about journalism. “I feel like I’ve outgrown the role of being a journalist,” he said.
“I’m going to be around for the next 30 years,” Yiannopoulos said.
He also clarified that the release of this video was a political witch hunt, carefully orchestrated by people who “don’t care about victims or children, they only care about bringing me down.”
Taking questions from the press, he clarified that the decision to leave was his and his alone and he had no contact with Steve Bannon about his resignation or any other matter.
Red Alert Politics asked Yiannopoulos about what advice he would give 13-year olds who find themselves in a similar situation of being preyed upon by older men and feeling isolated from family members about the issue of being gay.
“(Being sexually assaulted) didn’t ruin my life, it certainly affected my life. I would encourage people not let it affect every decision in your life,” Yiannopoulos said to Red Alert Politics. “Don’t let it ruin your entire life. Don’t allow it to define you.”