Martin Shkreli, the accused in three security fraud cases, is under fire Thursday as a result of a Facebook post made Wednesday threatening Hillary Clinton.
Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc., is currently out on a $5 million bail following being arrested for fraud in relation to his time managing his hedge fund, MSMB Capital Management and from his work as a CEO at Retrophin Inc. He is most well known for the tremendous public scrutiny he drew, due to his unethical decision to raise the cost of Turing/KaloBios’ HIV medication from $13.50 to $750 earlier this year.
On Facebook, shortly following his bail hearing where he was released, Shkreli posted that he would give $5,000 per piece to anyone who could provide him a sample of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Not surprisingly, this is being considered a call to action, prompting individuals to break state and federal laws. Further, the Secret Service is now investigating, costing taxpayers of this country many thousands of dollars to deal with the matter. It is to this end, that federal prosecutors are now formally requesting to see Martin Shkreli’s bail revoked.
Shkreli has a history of making threats and harassment specifically against women on social media forums. He was banned from Twitter in January following messages and defamatory tweets to journalist Lauren Duca and Ana Kasperian, of The Young Turks. He then tried to make two false accounts which were also booted from the platform, resulting in a permanent ban whereby he cannot use Twitter.
See the most recent development in that saga of nastiness below:
In their statement, federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York (East) confirmed that they are seeking to have his bail revoked as a consequence of this new action:
‘His late actions constitute changed circumstances that show that he cannot meet his burden of showing that he should remain at large pending sentencing.’
They identified that they have already filed a formal motion to the court with this intention. As for Shkreli’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, he had very little information to offer in the defense of his client, simply stating:
‘We will address the issue responsibly in a letter we intend to file with the court on Friday.’
It is believed that Shkreli posted the message with the intention to get members of the public to seek to obtain Clinton’s hair during a public promotion for her book, “What Happened,” which is scheduled for September 18th. There is no word yet from Hillary Clinton, nor her representatives, on whether this event will be cancelled, postponed or changed in any way. Her feelings on the matter have also not been communicated to the public, as of yet.
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