Milo demands DePaul refund security cash after its guards did nothing
Milo Yiannopoulos wants his money back from DePaul University, which forced him to pay for security guards and then allegedly ordered them not to restore order at his event Tuesday night.
During his address at the university, protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter movement forcibly took the microphone from Yiannopoulos and began yelling at the audience. Yiannopoulos and several audience members eventually left the auditorium and marched to the university president’s office in protest, but were not allowed in.
"It’s up to them if they give me the money back, but I will publish articles asking for it back."
Yiannopoulos’ private event was organized and funded by the DePaul College Republicans. After initially approving the event, administrators told the group that it would have to pay an additional $1,000 in security costs or face cancellation after news of the event sparked opposition on campus. Conservative news outlet Breitbart covered the fees, according to Yiannopoulos.
However, university security guards, including the extra security team that was hired for the event last-minute, were allegedly told by DePaul administrators not to intervene when protesters swarmed the stage, even when threats of physical violence were made. As the protesters yelled and chanted, security was ordered to stand and watch. Chicago PD officers were eventually called to the scene, but were also told to stand and watch, according to HuffPost.
It was previously suspected that the university-hired security team refused to intervene during the raucous protest, but Yiannopoulos now believes that it was DePaul administrators, particularly Coordinator of Student Organizations Lindsay Ritenbaugh, who stopped them from doing their job and confronting the violent protesters.
Yiannopoulos vows to demand a refund from the university for the $1,000 paid in security costs.
“I will be asking for my money back,” he said to Heat Street. “It’s up to them if they give me the money back, but I will publish articles asking for it back.”
DePaul university president Rev. Dennis Holtschneider issued an apology to Yiannopoulos in a letter sent to students, but did not say whether the university will reimburse the security fee.
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