A controversial blogger, who once advocated that rape in private residences be legalized, says he's cancelled a gathering of his fans and followers, scheduled for Saturday night in Windsor.
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Roosh V, whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, claims in tweet and website post made late Wednesday night that he has cancelled all Return of Kings meetups worldwide, including Windsor's.
He cites safety as the reason.
"I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time. While I can't stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups," the post reads. "The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."
Roosh V runs the website Return of Kings, self described as an online forum "meant for a small but vocal collection of men in America today who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine."
He is also the author of Bang, which he describes as a "textbook for picking up girls."
And, he once called for the legalization of rape.
"I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds," he posted a year ago.
However, Roosh V says the post was written as satire.
"I'll state once again: the "How To Stop Rape" article was satire. Neither me or my supporters want rape to be legalized," he said in a tweet.
Some in Windsor had planned to protest the event at Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens. That's where Roosh V's fans and followers were to meet, before moving to a secret location.