Twitter is suspending Milo Yiannopoulos, who is the founder of the controversial alt-right online forum Breitbart News, over sexual harassment allegations.
The company said Thursday that it had “dismissed his employment” after a complaint from a woman.
Yiannopoulos, whose real name is Joseph Menn, had been a frequent speaker on Breitbart’s network.
He has been accused of sexually harassing women online, as well as threatening to “march down the street” and assault a female reporter at a recent talk in Washington.
The allegations, first reported by BuzzFeed, come days after the Trump administration announced a $100 million settlement with the women who accused him.
The woman, who identified herself as “Jane Doe,” filed a complaint against Yiannopoulos in December 2016 and the company said it investigated the matter.
The women said they had received threats, including one in which a woman wrote: “I will rape you.”
“We immediately suspended Milo Yiannopoulos from Twitter for violating our policies and our Community Guidelines, and he is permanently banned from Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
The settlement included $20,000 for Jane Doe, but the company didn’t provide a timeline for when that money would be refunded.
“This is an important victory for women everywhere,” a spokesperson for the National Organization for Women, which filed the lawsuit, said in the statement.
“This is just the latest example of Twitter being caught up in the politics of sexual harassment and misogyny.”
Yiannopoulos said Thursday in a tweet that he is “not surprised by the company’s decision.”
He wrote, “My personal feelings on the matter are that this is a small price to pay for our country’s founding principles and ideals of free speech and due process.
It is an enormous price to take, but I am proud to stand with the courageous women who have come forward to speak out against the disgusting behavior of a man who has been a leader of the alt-left for years.”
Yasowitz said Thursday he plans to continue speaking at colleges and universities in the future.
He also tweeted: “A huge thank you to all my amazing supporters who have reached out, offered support and encouragement, and have inspired me and the many thousands of others across the country to speak up against the abuse and hate.”
Yusbe wrote on Twitter that he “cannot express how much I appreciate the support and gratitude” from Twitter employees.
The tweet came after Yiannopoulos had been widely criticized after an account associated with the website Breitbart News published a tweet accusing a woman of rape and threatening to kill her, saying that he had “raped your daughter” and that he would “murder” her.
In a video published on Monday, Yiannopoulos said that the woman had made false allegations and said the woman’s allegations were “ridiculous.”
He said in his tweet, “I’ve been called everything from a pedophile to a rapist.
All of that stuff I’ve said is true.
I don’t care.”
Yussbe said he “never meant to hurt anyone” and called the account “completely ridiculous” and “a joke.”
The account, which was suspended last week, is still available on Twitter, but it has been removed from the site.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.