Martin Shrkeli’s time as a free man has come to an end. Pharma Bro was tossed in jail on Wednesday after a federal judge sided with prosecutors who argued that his $5 million bail should be revoked over perceived threats he made against failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto withdrew Shkreli’s bail over a Facebook post that saw the pharmaceuticals nemesis offer $5,000 to anyone who could get a strand of Clinton’s hair during her New York City book signing earlier that day. He was convicted in August on securities fraud and related charges for bilking millions from investors.
“The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets,” Shkreli wrote in a Facebook post that he later edited. “So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton. Payment after the sequence matches. Good luck, patrollers.”
Prosecutors in the case claimed that Shkreli’s call to action forced the Secret Service to ramp up its security detail around the former First Lady amid concerns that some deranged follower could take the threat to the next level. Shkreli had taken to Facebook to announce that he had declined a Secret Service interview request.
Matsumoto described the bizarre episode as a “solicitation of an assault” and noted that Shkreli’s remarks were not subject to First Amendment protections because of “a risk someone may take” up the bounty. Pharma Bro’s defense tried to claim that the post represented “political satire or strained humor” to no avail.