Milo Will Sue Simon & Schuster for $10 Million
The alt-right troll will self-publish his memoir under his new Dangerous Books imprint
Milo Yiannopoulos profits from controversy, so it’s not surprising that he has revived the one surrounding his defunct book deal with Simon & Schuster. The alt-right activist slash internet troll announced his plans to sue the publishing house for $10 million dollars in retribution for canceling the deal to publish his memoir Dangerous.
In December, when Yiannopoulos secured a $250,000 advance from Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions, the publisher’s huge advance and tacit approval of Yiannopolous’s hate speech caused an outcry, particularly among the literary community. S&S seemed to put an end to the controversial deal in February, when a tape surfaced of Yiannopolous trivializing pedophilia and questioning the “arbitrary and oppressive” age of consent. Shortly after the tape came to light, the publishing house dropped Yiannopolous, who also resigned from his position as an editor at Brietbart.
Now Yiannopolous is plotting his revenge. Thanks to a claimed 12 million dollar investment from unnamed backers, Yiannopolous has started his own media company, Milo, Inc., which he has described as “a fully tooled-up talent factory and management company dedicated to the destruction of political correctness and the progressive left.” In his official press release, Yiannopolous added that he plans to “make the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell.”
Add publishing houses to that list. In addition to suing Simon & Schuster to “send them a message,” Yiannopolous is establishing his own press called Dangerous Books to promote titles by authors who “can’t get published.” He will be the debut author. Yiannopolous will self-publish Dangerous this summer and promote it while on his Troll Tour of American colleges.