Milo Yiannopoulos talk at CSUF lures supporters, protesters …

Supporters and protesters of Milo Yiannopoulos sparred verbally, and in a few cases physically, at Cal State Fullerton on Halloween night as theconservative provocateur spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 800 students and others.

Outside, the mood was tense, and at least 8 were arrested by the time the speech began for such offenses as scuffling, campus officials said.

Campus spokesperson Jeffrey Cook said Wednesday, Nov. 1, that all of them were released except three, two of which were cited and told to disperse and one who was arrested and booked.

Before Yiannopoulos took the stage, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Titan Student Union as law enforcement officers in riot gear stood monitoring nearby. Protesters chanted slogans such as Fascists go home! and held signs that read, CSU students say no to Milo and his fascist entourage.

Protesters begin to scuffle outside Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. One protester threw a soda and someone else sprayed pepper spray prior to the speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milo Yiannopoulos makes a joke about Kevin Spacey while speaking to a crowd of more than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters confront each other outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 when the opposing groups ran into each other after the conclusion of the speech given Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters confront each other outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 when the opposing groups ran into each other after the conclusion of the speech given Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Mounted units stand ready in the quad outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 as protesters waited for the conclusion of Milo Yiannopouloss speech. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters confront each other outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 when the opposing groups ran into each other after the conclusion of the speech given Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milo Yiannopoulos started off his appearance with a boisterous singing of the Star Spangled Banner at UC Irvine in 2016. (Photo by BILL ALKOFER, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milo Yiannopoulos portrays a priest while speaking to more than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milo Yiannopoulos stands next to a coffin while speaking to more than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters clash in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, prior to the arrival of conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who is giving a speech at an event sponsored by the College Republicans. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Ben Kerridge cheers for a joke by Milo Yiannopoulos during a speech for more than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters gather in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, to protest a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Henry Tran is dressed like Hugh Hefner during a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos for than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A protester falls to the ground after being hit by pepper spay when pro- and anti-Milo Yiannopoulos demonstrators clashed outside Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Orange County Sheriffs deputies come out in force to keep an eye on protesters in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 prior to the arrival of Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Orange County Sheriffs deputies are out in force to keep an eye on the crowd in the quad outside the Titan Student Union at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, before a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Police watch the crowd after protesters gather in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, before Milo Yiannopoulos appeared to speak. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A protestor falls to the ground after being hit by pepper spay when pro and anti Milo protestors clashedoutside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (Photo by Scott Schwebke, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Pro-Trump (yellow shirt) and anti-Trump protesters attract a crowd in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, prior to the arrival of Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Orange County Sheriffs deputies come out in force to keep an eye on protesters in the quad outside the Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, prior to the arrival of conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

CSUF students line the stairs to the bookstore to view protesters in the quad outside Titan Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Security personal wand people outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 who are attending the speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at an event sponsored by the College Republicans at Cal State Fullerton. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Police agencies arrive at Cal State Fullerton in advance of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milo Yiannopoulos wears a priests collar while addressing addresses a crowd of more than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Buena Park police gather outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 prior to a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. Police from various police departments joined the security detail. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

David Kaylor, left, and Danielle Hovanec, both of Orange wait in line outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to attend a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. The event is sponsored by the College Republicans at Cal State Fullerton. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Police agencies arrive at Cal State Fullerton in advance of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Sherrifs deputies arrive at Cal State Fullerton in advance of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

People wait in line outside the CSUF Student Union in Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to attend a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. The event is sponsored by the College Republicans at Cal State Fullerton. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Joe Young cheers during a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos for than 800 students at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Mounted police from the Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff were on hand for protests at a Milo Yiannopoulos speech at at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters shouted down Milo Yiannopoulos supporters at UC Irvine in 2016. (Photo by BILL ALKOFER, Orange County Register/SCNG)

UCI Republican Club vice president Peter Van Voorhis handed out pacifiers to protestors at a Milo Yiannopoulos lecture sponsored by his club in 2016. (Photo by BILL ALKOFER, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Protesters and supporters confronted each other. At one point people were pepper-sprayed by others among an unruly crowd.

Inside the Titan Student Union, Yiannopoulos was greeted with a standing ovation before taking jabs at political correctness and celebrities in the name of free speech.

He was cheered when criticizing identity politics, supporting free speech and the First Amendment, and saying he is an activist in favor of the law I just want it enforced.

With a coffin set up onstage, and the word Hollywood splayed out inside the open lid, the outspoken media personality poked at various celebrities under a cloud of sexual-harassment allegations, including actor Kevin Spacey, who was accused this week of sexually accosting actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old.Spacey has said he doesnt recall the incident and has apologized if it happened while he was drunk.

Halloween is the only day when 14-year-olds willingly go to Kevin Spaceys house, Yiannopoulos joked.

The history of Halloween and public controversy over certain costumes formed a major theme in Yiannopoulos talk.

Only one I havent been able to find a sexy version of is Michele Obama, he said. Maybe because no one is ever attracted to transsexuals.

Earlier in the day before Yiannopoulos went onstage, a couple of hundred people gathered outside the Student Union. Protesters chanted Fascists go home! and other slogans and held signs that read, CSU students say no to Milo and his fascist entourage, and From Charlottesville to the White House, dismantle white supremacy.

Officers watched the crowd with binoculars from the roof of the building, and campus police in riot gear at one point rushed a group of protesters to clear them from a grassy area.Attendees, barred from carrying in purses or backpacks, were put through two rounds of security checks.

Bomb-sniffing dogs swept the area before the event and remained on hand, and 11 mounted police officers helped control the crowd,Cal State Fullerton Police Capt. Scot Willey said. Various police agencies lent a hand.

Trent Peauchamp, a protester and self-described street medic, said he used distilled water to treat three people who had been pepper-sprayed by others in the crowd.

Shouting Up, up, up with people! Down, down, down with Trump! more than 150 protesters marched at one point from outside the campus bookstore along State College Boulevard to Dorothy Boulevard and stopped about a block from where the speech would be given. Fences kept anyone without a ticket from entering the area.

We want Milo to hear us! a protester shouted into a megaphone while drivers beeped their horns in approval.

Among those who came to hear Yiannopoulos wereJimmy Stacy, 42, and his daughter, Alexis, 15, who traveled from Michigan. In addition to their plane tickets and accommodations, the Stacys coughed up an extra $150 apiece for a special meet-and-greet before the talk.

I just love him, Jimmy Stacy said. Hes on point and tells it like it is.

His teenage daughter nodded.

I want to be a political commentator because of Milo, she said.

After the event, attendees said they enjoyed Yiannopouloss humor and straight-forwardness.

Hes a showman, said Patrick McGoldrick, 46, of El Segundo. He does a good job on spending part of his time on comedy and part of it on serious issues.

Byron Lopez, a student at Santa Ana College, said he hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton and doesnt want to see people such as Yiannopoulos given a platform.

He peddles alt-right ideas that are inherently dangerous, Lopez said. You look back to Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, this is how it all began. You have to stop fascism now when its still disorganized.

A man wearing a red baseball cap with President Donald Trumps name on the back and a bow tie was shoved by a protester while encircled by a large, unruly crowd. Another protester was pepper-sprayed by someone in the group.

Laurinda Claus of Orange said she came in support of free speech.

Hes not alt-right, she said. Hes gay. Hes Jewish. Hes married to a black man. Why do we have to label him?

The Cal State Fullerton talk, in which the audience paid $35 apiece, kicks off the new college speaking tour of the former senior editor of the right-wing Breitbart news service. The Troll Academy tour next takes him to six stops in Australia.

The schools College Republicans said their goal in inviting Yiannopoulos to campus was to shine a light on the issue of free speech, said Brooke Paz, the clubs spokeswoman.Some conservative college students complain that their voices are suppressed as politically incorrect.

At UCLA last year, protesters tried to block attendees from entering the venue andYiannopoulos talk ended with police sweeping the area following a bomb threat. At UC Irvine last year, two visits were mostly peaceful but the first one in June attracted some 50 mostly angry protesters. At UC Berkeley, his speech was canceled in February hours after a mob ignited small fires with Molotov cocktails.

When the Fullerton talk ended,audience members, some wearing red Make America Great Again hats and chanting President Trumps name, spilled out and were surrounded by protesters shouting their own slogans.

After giving a warning, police in riot gear moved in and officers in a California Highway Patrol helicopter ordered the crowd to disperse.

About an hour after Yiannopoulos finished his speech, the campus finally fell silent.

Staff writer Alma Fausto contributed to this report.

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