PornHub owner Feras Antoon resurfaces for the first time in a DECADE and blames critics for $16 million mansion fire

PORNHUB'S co-owner has resurfaced for the first time in a decade to blame his critics for the fire which gutted his $16 million mansion.

Feras Antoon said he believes "extreme religious groups" could have "incited and encouraged someone" to carry out an arson attack.

The CEO of Pornhub's parent company MindGeek spoke with Vanity Fair about the blaze.

He said: "Could the extreme religious groups have incited and encouraged someone to do this? Absolutely.

"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."

Antoon's home went up in flames in April last year.

That came after Pornhub was forced to stop unverified users from uploading video material.

A report had alleged that the site was showing videos of rape and underage sex.

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Antoon added: "I can't even count how many comments I saw from people saying to burn the company or my house down.

"For a while, it was easy to dismiss the tweets as just people on the internet talking. Then my house burned down."

The eight-bedroom luxury chateau in Montreal was still under construction before the blaze.

Cops were called after two people were seen breaking into the home.

Around 80 firefighters spent nearly three hours dousing the flames on the 1.4-acre property, seeing neighbours evacuated as it raged on until 2:30am.

The fire is said to have spread from the home's main building to another one next to it, with neighbours saying "the flames were like 50 metres high."

Porn pioneer Antoon reportedly purchased two lots of land for £2million five years ago before beginning the build of his dream home.

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