Minister calls for UK to ban ‘pick-up artist’

Julien Blanc's visit to Australia was cut short amid protests and he now faces an attempt by Canada to ban him. Picture: Contributed
Julien Blanc's visit to Australia was cut short amid protests and he now faces an attempt by Canada to ban him. Picture: Contributed
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A HOME Office minister has lobbied Theresa May to ban a US “pick-up artist” from entering the UK because of his “sexist and utterly abhorrent statements”.

Lynne Featherstone claims women will be put at risk if ­Julien Blanc is allowed to stage a seminar in the UK when he comes to London on tour on 27 November.

Julien Blanc. Picture: Contributed

Julien Blanc. Picture: Contributed

He claims to teach men how to “attract” women using physical force. On social media Blanc is shown with his hands around women’s throats with the hashtag #ChokingGirlsAroundTheWorld.

Crime Prevention Minister Featherstone said: “I am extremely concerned by the sexist and utterly abhorrent statements Julien Blanc has made about women. If he was allowed to perform in the UK I have no doubt that cases of sexual harassment and intimidation would increase.”

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper added: “The Home Office needs to investigate him urgently.”