Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical CEO once dubbed “the most hated man in America” for jacking up the cost of life-saving AIDS drugs by 5,000%, is currently out on bail pending the appeal of his conviction on three counts of securities fraud.
His time as a free man, however, could come to an abrupt end after he made threats to Hillary Clinton and two other women online.
Federal prosecutors have argued that Shkreli’s behavior makes him a “danger to the community” and are asking a federal judge to revoke his $5 million bond and send him back to jail.
CNBC reports that the judge who presided over Shkreli’s August 4 conviction will hear the the request from prosecutors on September 14.
Prosecutors cited a Facebook post from Shkreli shortly after his trial in which he offered cash to people who brought him hair from Secretary Clinton:
Shkreli contends that the post was “satire, meant for humor” while his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, concedes that the posts were “disturbing” but “we do not believe that he intended harm.”
Federal prosecutors are unmoved by the claim, noting that “Shkreli also conveyed to the government and to the Secret Service that he would remove the original post regarding the threat to Secretary Clinton on September 5, 2017; however, he declined to do so until late in the day on September 6, 2017.”
They went on to detail a pattern of disturbing and threatening behavior. Prosecutors noted that in 2016, after Clinton collapsed from dehydration, he traveled to “where she was recuperating, and spent approximately two hours live-streaming while providing commentary and heckling Secretary Clinton.”
The motion also details Shkreli’s cyber-bullying of two other women Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca, who Shkreli harassed for months, and Young Turk’s Anna Kasperian. As recently as August 3, Shkreli made what prosecutors call “a public threat against two women whom he dislikes and with whom he has feuded in the past,” posting, “Trial’s over tomorrow b—–. Then if I’m acquitted, I get to f— Lauren Duca … And Anna Kasperian.”
We will find out next week if the constant, vile threats will land Shkreli back in jail, but we already know this much: jail is exactly where Martin Shkreli needs to be.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com