Alt-Right Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, Banned From Twitter, Strikes Book Deal

Breitbart editor and Twitter exile Milo Yiannopoulos has struck a book deal with an advance of $250,000 with a Simon & Schuster imprint, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter published Thursday.

“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened,” Yiannopoulos said, as quoted by the Reporter.

Yiannopoulos is a figurehead of the so-called “alt-right” white nationalist movement and an editor for Breitbart News. He was permanently banned from Twitter for leading a targeted harassment campaign against black actress Leslie Jones.

He told the publication that he “spent half an hour trying to shock” executives at the publishing company at a meeting earlier in 2016.

“I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building—but instead they offered me a wheelbarrow full of money,” he said.

Yiannopoulos is receiving an advance of $250,000 for his book, according to the report, which cited people with knowledge of the situation.

“Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos on March 14, 2017,” the publisher said in a statement obtained by TPM. It described Yiannopoulos’ project as “a book on free speech.”

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