WATCH | Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at a press conference Tuesday.
Milo Yiannopolous resigned from Breitbart News on Tuesday after a video surfaced of him making comments about pedophilia. He then addressed the controversy at an afternoon news conference.
The video showed Yiannopolous condoning pedophilia in certain contexts. The uproar caused the Conservative Political Action Conference to rescind its invitation to let him speak.
Here's Milo's statement.
News: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart, per statement, saying his "poor choice of words" shouldn't detract from colleagues' work— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) February 21, 2017
Yiannopoulos was remorseful during his press conference, saying he does not "advocate for illegal behavior." He adding that "the age of consent currently about right."
But he remained defiant, calling the controversy "a cynical media witch hunt" and vowing to "never stop making jokes about taboo subjects."
Yiannopoulos said that he will start a media venture and launch a new tour, and that his book will still be published. He said 10 percent of the profits from his new book will go to child abuse charities.
With his new venture he said he doesn't plan on competing with Breitbart.
Yiannopoulos said he is "proud to be a free speech warrior in America."
He remained optimistic, saying that the uproar over his comments has allowed him to "reach a larger audience."
Yiannopoulos also took swipes at freedom of speech in America, claiming that "language policing" takes place and is propagated by the elites on both the left and right sides of the political aisle.
Yiannopoulos took credit for expanding the acceptance of gays among conservatives, saying he was "proud to be introducing what I consider normal gays to Republicans and cons in America."
He took the chance to fire back at his opponents, casting them as "people who have sold out your own country to line their own pockets." Yiannopoulos also lashed out at the press that has covered his comments on pedophilia and the resulting backlash.
"Fuck you for that," he said, "cause you did a bad thing."