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