Martin Shkreli of $ 5 million Bail Revoked After Arrest Involving Hillary Clinton Hair
Brooklyn, NY – Infamous "Pharma-Bro" Martin Shkreli is currently sitting in a federal prison in Brooklyn after being arrested (again) for two Facebook posts he made that offers $ 5,000 to anyone who could get a glimpse of Hillary Clinton's hair.
Shkreli is being accused of solicitation of assault.
While Shkreli was free on $5 million bail after their convictions for fraud last month, a federal judge revoked his bail on Wednesday (September 13), according to The New York Times. He was quickly taken into custody.
Shkreli apologized in writing and he said he was surprised that someone took his line of comments seriously. His lawyers begged the judge to give him another chance, but u.s. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto remained firm.
"This is a request for assault," Matsumoto said. "That is not protected by the First Amendment."
Shkreli already deleted the post read, "In HRC book tour, try to grab a hair of it. You will have to pay $5,000 for the hair obtained from Hillary Clinton," which prompted prosecutors to put the revocation in motion. The Secret Service is reportedly going to investigate.
Shkreli his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, called the posts "a momentary lapse in judgment," but the prosecutors said, "Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment," pointing to Shkreli the supposed sexual threat made to a woman journalist on Twitter.
Although Shkreli edited the original post about Clinton noted that it was "satire, meant for humor," the Judge Matsumoto quoted the post, Shkreli wrote the next day that read: "$5,000 but the hair has to include a follicle. Non-aggression to any person for any reason ever (LOLIBERALS)," which, presumably, cemented his decision.
Shkreli has become a villain in the world of Hip Hop. It was only recently trying to auction off his $2 million copy of Wu-Tang Clan once Upon a Time In Shaolin, and has filtered the material of Lil Wayne's highly anticipated Tha Carter V in the last few months.
He was convicted of three counts of securities fraud on August 4 and faces up to 20 years in prison.