Gay far-right figure and Trump fan Milo Yiannopoulos was more than $2 million in debt this year, according to new documents.
The Guardian first published a report of his financial problems on Monday (3 December). According to that article, Yiannopoulos’ former Australian tour promoters gathered the documents.
The documents allegedly show the right-wing activist owed money to numerous groups and people, all as of April this year.
Debts and amounts include $1.6m to his own company, $400,000 to the Mercers, $153,215 to his former lawyers, $76,574 to former colleague and Breitbart writer Allum Bokhari, and $20,000 to the jewelery brand Cartier.
The documents also revealed Yiannopoulos owed thousands of dollars to various fellow far-right writers. These writers include Ian Miles Cheong, Pamela Geller, Theodore Beale, and more.
When approached for comment by the Guardian, Yiannopoulos responded the debts belonged to the company.
‘I’m doing fine and bringing in $40k US a month,’ he added.
A ‘ruined’ life
In August, Yiannopoulos wrote about his ‘ruined’ life.
He said he spent ‘literally millions of dollars’ trying to do talks, paying for security for him and his husband, and more. In the Facebook comment, he continued by writing he’s been ‘betrayed and abandoned by everyone who has ever called themselve my friend’ and that all he ever reads is ‘criticism and ingratitude’ despite what he’s ‘sacrificed’.
According to the Guardian article, the documents show not only the debts, but the fraught relationship between Yiannopoulos and the Australian promoters, brothers Ben and Dan Spiller.
As they continued to fail at successfully booking Australian tours for Yiannopoulos, problems began.
The documents indicate Yiannopoulos demanded money from the brothers for living expenses, medical bills, employee wages, and more.
‘I am less financially secure, more panicked and stressed, and more miserable than when we started,’ Yiannopoulos reportedly told the Spillers in a message contained with the documents.
Threats and beyond
In a YouTube video, Yiannopoulos spoke poorly of the Spillers. He described them as ‘fraudulent’, ‘insane’, and ‘incompetent’. He also publised their email addresses.
Following this, the Spillers told the Guardian they have received numerous threats. They also said a group of men broke into one of their cars.
Yiannopoulos addressed the documents released by the Spillers and said they ‘are not court documents. They are a dox’.
Doxing is the act of publishing an individual’s private information, usually with malicious intent.
In a statement, the Spillers wrote they have ‘commenced legal proceedings to ensure the return of funds as per the contract’.