Martin Shkreli apologizes for $5G offer for Hillary Clinton's hair

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli pauses while speaking to the press after the jury issued a verdict in his case at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, August 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Shkreli had posted on Facebook last week, saying, "On HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her", adding, "Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton".

Infamous drug price gouger and recently convicted felon Martin Shkreli is eating a rare slice of humble pie.

The prosecutors cited a Facebook post on Monday in which Shkreli promoted a conspiracy theory about the Clinton Foundation and offered the money for a lock of Clinton's hair. Prosecutors said the posting prompted the Secret Service to use more resources because it ran the risk that many of Shkreli's social media followers would think he was serious.

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY called Shkreli a "danger to the community" because of his posts. "I used poor judgment but never meant to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever".

Prosecutors argue that Shkreli has harassed Hillary Clinton before when in September 2016 he stood outside Chelsea Clinton's Manhattan apartment building, where the former secretary of state was recuperating after becoming ill during a memorial service at the World Trade Center, and heckled her during a two-hour live-streaming marathon. Her representatives and the Secret Service declined comment.

This is not the first time prosecutors have complained to Matsumoto about Shkreli's conduct.

Prosecutors also mentioned his online harassment of a Teen Vogue editor in January, which got him kicked off Twitter.

"Indeed, in the current political climate, dissent has unfortunately often taken the form of political satire, hyperbole, parody, or sarcasm", Shkreli's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a letter to the court. The judge chastised him for entering a room reserved for reporters unaccompanied by his lawyer, where he dismissed his prosecutors as "junior varsity".

Though the charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years, Shkreli will likely serve much less, in part because none of the investors lost money. No sentencing date has been set.

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