Milo Yiannopoulos tour organiser won't pay $50k Victoria Police bill after violent protests

The promoter of controversial alt-right mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos' 'Troll Academy' tour says he will not foot the bill for extra police resources at his Melbourne event.

Promoter Damien Costas, who publishes Penthouse magazine and bankrolled the speaking tour, said Police Minister Lisa Neville's claim his team would be billed at least $50,000 for the cost of the hundreds of police officers required to handle violent protests outside the shows was "political grandstanding".

"We held a perfectly legitimate event," Mr Costas said. "The people that attended, 3000 of our people, we have three hours worth of footage where you actually see them lining up very peacefully.

"The people causing all the trouble and being violent were people not attending the event. If you want to take it further, sue me and I will call every single one of those 3000 people as witnesses."

Mr Costas said out the front of the Melbourne show on Monday evening Mr Yiannopoulos had a right to "free speech". He would not be drawn on the exact cost of bankrolling the event.

Hundreds of left and right-wing protesters clashed outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington.

Riot police stormed the protest and used pepper spray to subdue the crowd, which included members of left-wing group Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and right-wing groups Reclaim Australia and The Freedom Party.

Police and protesters also clashed at Mr Yiannopoulos' events in Sydney on Tuesday night, resulting in charges against several protesters.

Commissioner Stephen Leane said several police officers had been injured.

Mr Costas said on Thursday he and his team were yet to receive a bill or any official word that a bill was on its way.

He also claimed that during meetings with Victoria Police to plan security around the events there was no discussion of the user-pays system.

"I'd like to know on what basis they can send [a bill]," Mr Costa said. "User pay was never mentioned."

Ms Neville told radio station 3AW on Wednesday that up to 300 police were called to separate the protesters and the event organisers would be footing the bill.

"They'll certainly be getting a bill," Ms Neville said. "There were a lot of resources put in and I've had a lot of interesting tweets sent to me saying 'what a waste of police resources', but unfortunately in that situation, we've got two groups who pretty much set out to cause the harm that they did... try and cause violence and try and get on the TV so police are there to try and protect the general public."

Ms Neville said the cost would be at least $50,000 and added it was common practice for organisers of large-scale or controversial events to be billed if large numbers of police resources were required.

Mr Costas said the only police who mentioned a user-pays system were in NSW before the event in Redfern.

Under Victoria Police's Fees and Charges Regulations act police have the right to charge any event organiser for the use of police resources.

Victoria Police would not comment on Mr Costa's claims the User Pay service was never discussed.

"Victoria Police does not disclose the cost of engaging our services, or the private discussions held as part of the arrangements," spokeswoman Leonie Johnson said.

Fairfax Media understands officers at Redfern station did mention user pay in its meetings with the security team.

NSW Police has so far made no mention of slapping Mr Yiannopoulos with a similar fine, however, a spokeswoman said it " does not disclose publicly the cost of engaging our services for events."

Mr Yiannopoulos' visit to Australia has been mired in controversy.

The former Breitbart writer, who has been linked to neo-Nazis and mocked sexual abuse victims, was the subject of a push to deny him a visa before his visit.

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