Pornhub boss thinks ‘religious groups’ could be behind ‘arson’ that gutted house


  

The Pornhub reckons “extreme religious groups” could be behind the suspected arson attack that destroyed his unfinished $16 million (£11,727,920) mega-mansion last year.

Feras Antoon has spoken out for the first time since the blaze in April 2021

Montreal Police in Canada received reports of two people breaking into the construction site of the home.

It took 80 firefighters nearly three hours to put out the blaze from the supposed arson attack that followed the breaking and entering.

In a rare interview with Vanity Fair, Feras Antoon gave his thoughts on who he suspects was behind the attack.

The 46-year-old said: “Could the extreme religious groups have incited and encouraged someone to do this? Absolutely.”

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The unfinished mansion was put up for sale weeks before the fire

He continued: “When you use extremist language and QAnon sentiment toward child trafficking, your words are going to attract and mobilize some of the darkest corners of the internet.”

In 2016 it was reported that the Pornhub CEO had spent $1.8 million (£1,31 million) on two plots of land near Montreal’s so-called “Mafia Row”.

He spent millions more on a nine-car garage, seven bathrooms, eight bedrooms and more luxury amenities which are now a pile of rubble.

Antoon had put his unfinished mansion up for sale weeks before the fire amid claims Pornhub profited off child sex assaults.

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Pornhub has tightened its restrictions for uploading and banned downloads of its videos
Pornhub has tightened its restrictions for uploading and banned downloads of its videos

Nicholas Kristof, who first exposed the allegations against Pornhub in a New York Times column, said: “Its site is infested with rape videos.

“It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags.”

Pornhub responded to the New York Times that the claims were “irresponsible and flagrantly untrue”.

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But major credit card companies such as Mastercard and Visa have since cut ties with the site, and the controversy forced Pornhub to delete 80% of its content.

The site is trying to clean up its act, banning downloading of videos completely and applying stringent restrictions on uploading videos.



Antoon says the arson attack was likely from "extreme religious groups"
Antoon says the arson attack could have been carried out by “extreme religious groups”

The site of the mansion has been listed for $15.9 million (£11.6 million) despite the place lying in ruin.

Antoon said of selling the property: “It attracted too much attention. I felt a very negative karma about it.

“It was supposed to bring joy and I felt it was only bringing negativity, so we decided to sell it.”

The Pornhub CEO also explained that he had agreed to the rare interview because ignoring questions could appear “dodgy”.



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