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‘Complex’ Issues Groveling Retraction After False And Damaging Pedo Smear

Following a video published on Monday calling MILO a “noted pedophile,” news and culture magazine Complex has issued a full retraction and removed the video. 

“We apologize to Mr. Yiannopoulos and his family, as well as to our audience,” the magazine said.

The video, presented by Complex contributor Frazier Tharpe, attempted to explain how the “alt-right” planned an attack on the upcoming Black Panther movie through negative reviews on the site Rotten Tomatoes. 

At the top of the video, Tharpe called MILO a “noted pedophile.” 

Faced with threats of legal action from MILO, Inc CEO and General Counsel Alexander Macris, Complex, removed the video, which had nearly 20,000 views, on Tuesday in order to review “the content in question,” wrote a senior counsel for Complex to MILO, Inc. 

On Wednesday, that counsel informed MILO, Inc the video had been permanently taken down, and published a full retraction and apology on its site, reading:

On Monday, Complex published a video about a Facebook group that is coordinating to give Black Panther a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In the video, we referred to Milo Yiannopoulos as a “noted pedophile.” To our knowledge, this is not a truthful statement. Yiannopoulos has not been accused of, charged with, or convicted of pedophilia, or any pedophilia-related actions. We apologize to Mr. Yiannopoulos and his family, as well as to our audience, for making this claim.

While Complex prides itself on being opinionated and advocating for the issues that are most important to us and our audience, it is vital that our content be factually accurate. In this instance, we failed in that very basic mission. We have taken internal steps to ensure that this does not occur again.

Following the retracting, MILO took to Instagram and called the apology “groveling.” He said the video and wrongful, unfounded accusation was damaging and threatened to press ahead with a lawsuit. 

“I may still sue. I think they owe me some money for this,” MILO wrote. 

feature image, Fraizer Tharpe via Complex

 

3 Comments

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  2. TexanerinLondon

    February 8, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Painful lawsuits is how you deal with a criminal far-left that has no moral compass. A criminal far-left, it should be noted, that goes out of its way to defend Roman Polanski at every turn. So clearly, they only throw certain words around because they know such words still hold some power (because everyone has learned that accusations of racism etc are just fluff to gain attention). These leftists don’t believe in any of the causes they claim to espouse – they are cynical, immoral monsters. It wouldn’t at all surprise me if Frazier Tharpe were everything he accused others of being, but that’s just my opinion based on gut instinct and a lengthy history of leftists in general.

  3. ngblog

    February 9, 2018 at 9:27 am

    You should have rejected this statement as well.

    Yiannopoulos has not been accused of, charged with, or convicted of pedophilia, or any pedophilia-related actions.

    This is liberal claptrap.

    Instead what you ought to have demanded be written is that this is or was a talking point that came from an anonymous group whose spokesman is known to defend haredi pedophiles and other criminals.

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