Pornhub CEO’s £11m mansion goes up in flames in suspected arson attack

Pornhub chief Feras Antoon's £11m mansion has gone up in flames in a suspected arson attack.

The palatial home was under construction and recently put up for sale boasting eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and plans for multiple elevators in Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

Police found the 1.4 acre property ablaze after receiving reports of two people spotted trespassing there at 11.30pm on Sunday.

Neighbours were evacuated as more than 80 firefighters tackled the flames in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood.

No one was hurt but the fire caused "major" damage to the mansion before it was under control by 2.30am.

Police spokesman Julien Lévesque told VICE: "Police officers who arrived on site were able to see that the fire began inside the residence.

"Earlier this morning… our arson squad from Montreal police took charge of the investigation. They were onsite this morning to analyse all the scene, meet some witnesses to try to understand what was the cause and the circumstances of the beginning of this fire."

Feras, who is the CEO of Mindgeek Canadian operations – the company that owns Pornhub, said in a statement: “Over the weekend, a fire occurred at my residence.

“The residence was under construction. I am grateful that my family and I and our neighbours are safe. Out of respect for the ongoing police investigation, I will not be commenting further.”

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The property, which has yet to finish construction, was only recently put up for sale for Can$19,800,000 (£11,484,000).

Local media said it was not known why the businessman is selling the massive property.

The listing read: “From the moment you enter this luxurious residence, you will be seduced by the sheer vastness of the space.

“At the end of this side of the home is what is a truly unique feature, a 60' x 100' 'Multi Sport Complex' for basketball, volleyball and badminton and designed to double as a magnificent ballroom.”

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MindGeek has been under scrutiny from the Canadian parliament since December.

MPs in February quizzed Feras and other MindGeek executives over its "failure to prohibit rape videos and other illegal content from its site".

The platform suspended all unverified uploads and downloads, and overhauled its security guidelines but Mastercard, Visa and Discover cut ties with Pornhub.

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Feras was asked if implementing the changes earlier would have stopped abuses including those of the criminal porn production firm Girls Do Porn.

He replied: "I respectfully disagree.

"Our system is not perfect like any other video sharing platform, adult or not adult… We can always improve and always do better."

Threats to bring the site's executives "to justice" were made recently on the right-wing social media site Gab.

A Pornhub spokesman said: "Rampant anti-porn rhetoric has drastically increased instances of death threats and doxing against our employees.

"Unfortunately, it has also been detrimental to the hundreds of thousands of models who seek to use our platform to earn a living."

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