Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos said Tuesday he was sexually abused twice as a child, once by a priest, while apologizing for and defending comments he made appearing to condone pedophilia. "Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty", he adds.
"Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has chose to rescind its invitation of Milo Yiannopolous to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference", Schlapp wrote in the statement.
"Despite the fact that Yiannopoulos holds a number of noxious opinions, we have defended his right to air them against those who would shout him down or worse", they write.
Ahead of Yiannopoulos's resignation, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow criticized the senior editor, calling his comments "not defensible".
The National Review's Jonah Goldberg said Yiannopolous' invite represented the "mainstreaming a mainstreamer of alt-right, anti-Semitism and other un-conservative views".
A video of Yiannopoulos discussing homosexuality and relationships between older men and young boys was released over the weekend, causing controversy.
Footage of Yiannopoulos claiming relationships between underage boys and older men are natural is at the center of the provocative public speaker and writer losing two big opportunities Monday.
Simon & Schuster on Monday canceled a $250,000 book deal for gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos.
But, Yiannopoulos also told CNNMoney he was "guilty of imprecise language" and insisted he believes pedophilia is a "vile and disgusting crime". Yiannopoulos has since said that his views were distorted and that he was talking about older teenagers, and that he opposes the sexual abuse of children.
The book, an autobiography of the controversial British-born editor of "alt-right" website Breitbart entitled risky, was due out on 13 June and the writer reportedly had received an advance of $250,000.
Yiannopoulos tried to clear the air via Facebook - Twitter banned him in July 2016 - by citing "British sarcasm", "sloppy phrasing" and "deceptive editing" for the misunderstanding. "My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous".