Go Directly to Jail: Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Has Bail Revoked Over Hillary Hair Bounty
Earlier this month, convicted hedge fund defrauder and infamous “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli took to Facebook to offer up a bounty on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s hair. Apparently bored as he awaited sentencing over his conviction of defrauding investors, Shkreli wrote in a Facebook post that he’d give a $5,000 reward for a strand of Clinton’s hair.
It doesn’t appear that the judge thought this was funny, and today decided to revoke Shkreli’s $5 million bond.
While Shkreli apologized to US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto yesterday for the since-deleted social media comments, claiming he didn’t think anyone would take them seriously, Matsumoto didn’t see it that way and sent Shkreli directly to jail.
“He does not need to apologize to me. He should have apologized to the government, the Secret Service, and Hillary Clinton,” the judge stated. “This is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment.”
Shkreli has a history of trolling Clinton. Almost exactly a year ago, following the former First Lady’s much-publicized medical episode at a 9/11 memorial event, Shkreli showed up at her apartment to shout about her health. (This was during the whole Hillary health conspiracy period of the election.)
Shkreli will remain in jail until his sentencing hearing this fall. He is facing up to 20 years in prison.
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