A newspaper has disputed reports conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos’ home in Florida was destroyed by Hurricane Irma over the weekend.
Yiannopoulos, a former senior editor for Breitbart News, told his social media followers on Sunday that his property in West Brickell, Miami, was decimated by the storm, which made landfall over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.
“MY HOUSE IS GONE,” he wrote, along with a still from a video of the hurricane’s ferocious winds tearing the roof off a structure.
But the Miami Herald reported Yiannopoulos did not own the building depicted in the post.
“The Miami Herald found the place, and it’s in Edgewater, at Northeast 27th Street and Fifth Avenue, which is close but definitely not the Brickell neighborhood where it was rumored to be on social media,” a report from the news outlet said, adding Yiannopoulos reportedly owned a place in Miami Beach. “Reporter David Smiley spoke to a neighbor who witnessed the drama unfold and it turns out the property belongs to a guy named Gerard Duhart, who had evacuated ahead of the storm.”
This would not be the first time Yiannopoulos, who has been permanently banned from Twitter after being condemned for inciting harassment, made light of the storm’s destructive force.
Earlier Yiannopoulos joked online, “in more positive Irma news, Richard Branson’s Necker Island home has been devastated.”