A video surfaced Wednesday showing HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher condoning a sexual relationship between a 35-year-old female teacher and a 12-year-old male student that resulted in the woman getting pregnant twice before eventually being jailed.
The 1998 Maher video has gained major traction on social media after the HBO host took credit for the sudden fall of alt-right provocateur and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos over his own comments about pedophilia. Yiannopoulos appeared on Maher's program last Friday.
In the 19-year-old clip, Maher was referring to the story of a woman named Mary Kay Letourneau who was impregnated twice by student Vili Fualaau, starting when he was 12.
"The teacher from Seattle is in jail because she is in love. That’s how I view it,” Maher said in the March 20, 1998, clip of his former ABC program, "Politically Incorrect."
Letourneau was arrested and served more than seven years in jail for statutory rape. She was released in 2004 and would go on to marry Fualaau the following year. The couple has two daughters in their late teens.
“I admit that it’s unorthodox," Maher continued at the time. "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,” he added.
"Yeah, that's perfect," Lisa Montgomery Kennedy, a guest on the show, sarcastically injected.
"Sickening. Absolutely sickening," added Republican activist Celeste Greig. "The woman is over 20 years older, and she raped this kid."
“Raped? Come on," Maher retorted, later adding, "How can a woman rape a man?"
Maher has received criticism for providing Yiannopoulos with a platform on his popular HBO show.
The 32-year-old Yiannopoulos lost a speaking role at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), his Breitbart job and a book deal after a video of him making comments about pedophilia circulated over the weekend.
Yiannopoulos's 2016 remarks, in which he appeared to condone sexual relations with boys as young as 13, led CPAC to rescind its speaking invitation on Monday. Yiannopoulos later lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster and resigned from Breitbart News.
“What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher said in an interview with The New York Times. “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through.”
“As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.”
The Yiannopoulos video clip was posted on YouTube in January 2016 but gained considerable attention on social media after conservative blog The Reagan Battalion shared it Sunday.