Milo Yiannopoulos fan sues UC Berkeley over violent protests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fan of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a lawsuit against the regents of the University of California, the mayor of Berkeley and a slew of others over alleged civil rights and First Amendment violations.

The lawsuit in federal court in Northern California alleges University of California and other officials curtailed the rights of Kiara Robles by subjecting her and other invitees to bodily harm because they were expressing a different viewpoint.

The Oakland resident planned to attend a Feb. 1 speech by Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley's campus that was canceled after protests turned violent.

The lawsuit filed Monday also names House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton and wealthy investor George Soros.

UC Berkeley said in a statement it will mount a "vigorous and successful defense of its actions and looks forward to contesting this collection of false claims."

Meanwhile, Yiannopoulos announced Tuesday that he would be self-publishing his book Dangerous. The provocateur resigned from his job at Breitbart and lost his book deal in late February when Republican conservatives released clips of videos-with-audio in which Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, seemed to condone sex between men and boys.

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