milo yiannopoulos has resigned from his role as a senior editor at Breitbart news, over apparently pro-pedophilia remarks. In an email sent on Tuesday evening to journalists, it is speculated he was forced to step down to avoid a public dismissal "I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone."

The incident which incited the resignation was on a podcast about one year ago. Yiannopoulos stated that relations between children as young as 13 and older Gay Men could be beneficial, using himself being 17 dating a 29-year-old man as an example.

Milo seemed adamant to explain that there was a difference between having relations with someone under the age of puberty and someone currently in puberty (one is referred to as pedophilia and the other is hebephilia). He noted that older men can help young boys discover who they are.

More than a year later, his comments have received widespread condemnation. Milo had his invitation to speak at The American Conservative Union’s CPac conference, his book Dangerous was canceled and the publisher Simon and Schuster severed all ties with Milo.

Milo's response

In a post written on Facebook on the 20th of February, Yiannopoulos stated that he does not support pedophilia, that the media was selectively editing his video as part of a coordinated effort to discredit him.

He goes on to list times when he outed pedophiles such as Luke Bozier (on The kernel), Nicholas Nyberg (on Breitbart) Chris Leydon (on Breitbart). He also addressed a crude comment made about giving better fellatio as a result of molestation from a priest. He said he agrees with the current age of consent and that his use of the word boy was a bad choice of words; boy, he claims, is used quite frequently when referring to consenting adults.

In the press conference confirming his resignation, Milo issued an apology saying “I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.”