An angry federal judge revoked Martin Shkreli’s $5 million bail and ordered him jail on Wednesday at the request of prosecutors, after the former pharmaceutical exec offered $5,000 over Facebook to anyone who could deliver a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
“On HRC’s book tour, try and grab a hair from her,” Shkreli wrote on Sept. 4, adding “I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.”
The post caught the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, who beefed up protective measures for Clinton during her book tour.
New York Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said the 34 year old Shkreli “demonstrated that he has posed a real danger” to the public. Shkreli – who was out on bail awaiting sentencing in his securities fraud trial – wrote a letter to the court which stated that his offer was an “awkward attempt at humor or satire.”
“I wanted to personally apologize to this Court and my lawyers for the aggravation that my recent postings have caused,” Shkreli wrote, adding “I understand now that some may have read my comments about Mrs. Clinton as threatening, when that was never my intention when making those comments”
A somber-looking Shkreli, wearing a purple dress shirt and a shaggy mop of hair, was taken into custody by U.S, Marshal deputies just after 6 p.m. as his grim-faced legal team stood by.
He will be held in the federal jail known as the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until his sentencing on securities fraud charges, which Matsumoto set on Wednesday for Jan. 16.
Shkreli’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman argued in his own letter that his client – an avid supporter of President Trump – was simply engaging in political hyperbole, pointing out that comedian Kathy Griffin was not prosecuted after she posted a photo of herself holding up a bloody Trump-head effigy.
“Another example of political hyperbole is when President Donald Trump, as a candidate, caused a controversy last year by implying that ‘Second Amendment people’ could prevent former Secretary Clinton from abolishing their right to bear arms.”
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