Bill Maher, who aided Yiannopoulos' fall, also defended sex with children

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It shows a 1998 segment from his former show "Politically Correct with Bill Maher," in which Maher defends Mary Kay Letourneau to a panel that includes Lisa Montgomery Kennedy, Henry Rollins, Celeste Greig and Cedric the Entertainer. For those who may not remember, Letourneau was a 34-year-old Seattle teacher who had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student when he was 12 years old. She also gave birth to two of his children, one of them while incarcerated. After spending several years in prison, she married the student. In the clip, Maher said Letourneau was in jail "for being in love." He continued, "I admit that it's unorthodox. She's 35, the boy is 14. He was younger when they started. But she is pregnant again. That was the story this week. This is the second child by this boy. They are keeping the mother in jail because she won't conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family." [...]

Maher later doubled-down on his argument in a 2007 interview with Playboy, saying: "I think it's a little offbeat, but you know, I believe in the double standard. If a 28-year-old male teacher is screwing a 13-year-old girl, that's a crime. But with Debra Lafave {another teacher who had a sexual relationship with her student} screwing her 14-year-old boy student, the crime is that we didn't get it on videotape. Was he being taken advantage of? I wish I had been taken advantage of like that. What a memory she gave him. I would think he's a champion among his friends. Are you kidding? Even with Michael Jackson."

source: Article 'Bill Maher, who aided Yiannopoulos' fall, also defended sex with children' by Travis M. Andrews; www.bostonglobe.com/arts/television/2017/02/24/bill-maher-who-took-credit-for-downfall-milo-yiannopoulos-has-also-defended-adult-sex-with-children/TIv3roAc1kzZbStaiEgqWP/story.html; The Washington Post; 24 February 2017