Shkreli jailed after Clinton hair ‘threat’
MARTIN Shkreli was sent to jail on Wednesday after a judge revoked the bail of the former pharmaceutical executive over a threat aimed at Hillary Clinton – which he says was a joke.
Once dubbed “Pharma Bro” and The Most Hated Man in America” for jacking up the price of an HIV drug, the 34-year-old was convicted of securities fraud last month for mismanaging two investment funds.
Freed on a $5 million bail while awaiting sentencing, Shkreli was hauled to court to answer for having offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who would grab a strand of Clinton’s hair. His lawyer Benjamin Brafman – who has painted his client as a misunderstood “genius” – argued long and hard with US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto against sending him to jail.
Shkreli himself had written to the judge apologising for his “poor judgment” and insisting he “never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever. It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress,” Shkreli wrote
But Judge Matsumoto decided otherwise, ruling his online threats constituted “solicitation of assault”.
“His bail was revoked and he was remanded to a detention facility,” said Tyler Daniels, spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.