'Pro-rape' group leader cancels Irish meeting

Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh
Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh

A "new masculine pick-up artist" who called for the legalisation of rape has cancelled all the planned events, including the one in Ireland, following widespread condemnation.

Daryush Valizadeh, who calls himself Roosh V, pulled the plug on the events for "heterosexual men only" after claiming he could no longer guarantee the safety of those who wanted to attend.

The 36-year-old American was labelled as "absolutely repulsive" in parliament amid calls for him to be banned from the UK.

The author of the Return of Kings blog has published 15 books on how to "pick up women" and posts tips on his website on how to "bang" women.

He said: "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 cannot 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 listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologise to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."

In one of his posts, Mr Valizadeh said rape should be legalised "if done on private property".

"Less women will be raped because they won't voluntarily drug themselves with booze and follow a strange man into a bedroom, and less men will be unfairly jailed for what was anything but a maniacal alley rape," he wrote.

The events had been planned for a number of locations around the globe, with Naas selected as the Irish venue.