PORNHUB founder Feras Antoon’s £11million mansion has been destroyed in a suspected arson attack – as the site faces a child exploitation probe.
Pornhub CEO Feras Antoon’s £11m mansion has gone up in flames in a suspected arson attack.
The eight-bedroom luxury chateau in Montreal was still under construction before it went up in flames on Sunday night.
Pornhub owner Feras Antoon reportedly purchased two lots of land for £2million four years ago before beginning the build of his dream home – that is now a pile of ashes.
Feras, who is the CEO of Mindgeek Canadian operations – the company that owns Pornhub, released a statement regarding the fire, saying: “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.”
Police found the 1.4 acre property ablaze after receiving reports of two people spotted trespassing there at 11.30pm on Sunday, April 25.
Neighbours were evacuated as more than 80 firefighters tackled the flames in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood, DailyStar reports.
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.
Cops were called at around 11:30pm after two people were seen breaking into the home which sat adjacent to the Bois-de-Saraguay nature park.
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.
Neighbours told how they fled in their pyjamas after being evacuated as a precaution.
No injuries were reported and no arrests have yet been made, but police are said to be treating the incident as arson.
Backing on to Montreal’s “Mafia Row” where many crime figures reside, the stunning home was recently put up for sale.
In 2010, a gunman fired a single bullet through a double-paned window on the site of Antoon’s home – killing “The Canadian Godfather” Nicolo Rizzuto.
It is not clear why he recently listed the home – which boasts a nine-car garage, seven bathrooms, eight bedrooms, and had plans to install multiple elevators – for sale.
But it seems the plans to flog the prime real estate have gone out of the window after the fire wreaked “major” damage across the mansion.
The CEO of Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek is also facing professional scrutiny.
The Canadian Parliament have quizzed him and other execs regarding their “failure to prohibit rape video and other illegal content from its site”.
An investigation was launched after anti-pornography groups lobbied the government regarding claims that abusive imagery is rife among Mind Geeks platforms – particularly Pornhub.
In response, the video platform stopped all unverified uploads and downloads and deleted 80% of its content in an attempt to eradicate inappropriate videos – that include child exploitation, rape and revenge porn.
But major credit card companies such as Mastercard, Visa, and Discover have ceased their relationships with Pornhub amid the scandal.
Antoon told MP’s: “Our system is not perfect like any other video sharing platform, adult or not adult… We can always improve and always do better.”