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Simon & Schuster Canceling Publication of Yiannopoulos Book

Simon & Schuster have announced that they will no longer be publishing Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ book.

The Hill reports:

Publishers Weekly tweeted Monday afternoon that the company was canceling the book’s publication “after careful consideration.” A public relations representative for the publisher also confirmed the report on Twitter.

Yiannopoulos confirmed the news on Facebook.

“They canceled my book,” he wrote in a post.

Simon & Schuster signed the book deal with Yiannopoulos at the end of December, according to The Washington Post. The deal spurred controversy as writers threatened to boycott the company over its deal with the controversial figure from the right.

The decision to cancel the book’s publication comes amid controversy over a video in which Yiannopoulos appears to defend pedophilia. The video clip gained traction on social media after a conservative blog shared it Sunday.

In the 2016 video, Yiannopoulos says relationships between older men and young boys can be beneficial.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) rescinded its invitation Monday for Yiannopoulos to speak at its event this week. Employees from Breitbart News, where Yiannopoulos is an editor, are also reportedly prepared to leave if the company doesn’t take action.

In a Facebook post Monday, Yiannopoulos denounced the claims that he was advocating for pedophilia.

“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” Yiannopoulos wrote.

“I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors. I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abusers. I’ve outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics.”

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