Martin Shkreli’s a bit of a cunt, really.
The 34-year-old ‘pharma bro’ has become the smarmy face of greed and self-indulgent fuckwittery over the past few years for a string of offences, including:
- buying the rights to Daraprim, a medicine used by AIDS patients, and subsequently hiking the price up 5000% from $13 a pill to $750
- paying $2 million for the one and only edition of Wu-Tang Clan’s latest album, refusing to release it to the public and furthermore threatening to destroy it
- committing securities fraud
- propositioning journalist Lauren Duca via Twitter and photoshopping her into his profile picture/cover photo after she rejected him
- offering a $5000 reward for anyone who brings him a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair
He has been called the most hated man in America, quite possibly the world: but what really fuels the fire is the fact that this self-satisfied little cyst manages to completely slip through the cracks. Justice has never quite been served.
Well, his luck may have run out with that whole ‘bring me a lock of her hair’ stunt. A U.S. judge has ruled that Shkreli – who was previously freed from his 2015 securities fraud arrest only on a $5 million bail – evidently poses a danger to the public. His bail’s now been revoked, and he’s been jailed while he awaits sentencing for his former trespasses.
“This is a solicitation of assault in exchange for money,” said District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, after Shkreli’s lawyer tried to pull the whole ‘free speech’ defence. “That is not protected by the First Amendment.”
Shkreli also tried to claim that the post was meant as satire, to which the judge very reasonably responded: “What’s funny about that?”
Martin Shkreli faces a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Feature image: The New Yorker
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