senior editor at a conservative website has resigned after a furore over comments that appear to condone paedophilia.
Milo Yiannopoulos said in a statement his “poor choice of words” was detracting from his colleagues’ work, so he was quitting immediately.
He had already lost a book deal and a speaking engagement over the row.
Videos surfaced of him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys.
But Mr Yiannopoulos, the tech editor, denied he had endorsed child abuse and said one video had been edited to give a misleading impression.
“I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors,” the 32-year-old wrote in his resignation statement on Facebook on Tuesday.
At a press conference on Tuesday, he explained that he had been referring to his own experiences as a victim of child sexual abuse.
“I haven’t ever apologised before, and I don’t intend on ever doing it again,” the hero of the so-called alt-right movement read to a room full of reporters.
“To be a victim of child abuse and at the same time be accused of being an apologist for child abuse is absurd.”
But the mea culpa came too late to save him from being axed in the line-up at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
The organising group, the American Conservative Union, said his response had been “insufficient”.