No remorse. Leslie Jones’ Twitter troll Milo Yiannopoulos said in a new interview that he is not sorry for viciously attacking Leslie Jones on social media.
Yiannopoulos told Nightline that he feels as though the racist and misogynistic messages he wrote to the Ghostbusters actress, 48, are justified by a higher power. Hear his surprising comments in the video above.
“Trolling is very important,” he said in an interview set to air Friday, September 2, at 12:45 a.m. ET. “I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I’m doing God’s work.”
As previously reported, Yiannopoulos — a self-proclaimed Donald Trump supporter and gay Catholic — took aim at the Saturday Night Live star by using racial slurs, criticizing her appearance and comparing her to an ape shortly after the July 11 release of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot.
After Jones complained to Twitter about the severity of Yiannopoulos’ tweets, he was banned from the social networking platform. At the time, the U.K. native accused the comedian of playing the victim.
“This idea that celebrities are these fragile wallflowers. Give me a break,” he told Nightline. “That the stars of Hollywood blockbusters are sitting at home crying into their iPhones.”
Though he was removed from Twitter, Yiannopoulos’ cutting remarks inspired other trolls to besiege Jones — which eventually caused her to sign off of all platforms for a bit. “It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this,” she wrote in July. “So hurt right now.”
Amid the online attacks, someone anonymously hacked her website and posted nude pics of Jones. During a July 21 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the actress — who has since begun tweeting again — opened up about the disturbing period.
“You know, it was one of those type of things — the insults, what’s scary about the whole thing is that the insults didn’t hurt me. Unfortunately, I’m used to the insults,” she said. “That’s unfortunate, but what scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.”
Jones continued: "And it’s so mean. Like, it’s so gross and mean and unnecessary. So it was just like one of those things like, OK, if I hadn’t said anything, nobody would have ever knew about this. All those people still would have an account.”
Watch the video above.
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