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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a decision by his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, to significantly raise the price of the anti-parasitic medication Daraprim. A bill awaits Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's signature in May 2016 that would make it the first state requiring drug companies to explain their price increases. The legislation would have regulators develop an annual list of up to 15 drugs that have seen the biggest price increases. Manufacturers then would have to justify the increases to the attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Martin Shkreli was suspended from Twitter after he allegedly trolled and harassed a writer


Martin Shkreli, founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals most widely known for drastically increasing the price of a drug used to fight HIV, was suspended from Twitter after allegedly stalking a reporter.

The Verge reports Shkreli's @MartinShkreli account was suspended early Sunday afternoon.  This came after a series of bizarre episodes with Lauren Duca, a reporter who drew national attention with her essay, "Trump is Gaslighting America" in Teen Vogue.  Shkreli, a Donald Trump supporter, started to troll Duca.

He invited her to Trump's inauguration and was very publicly turned down.

Then things got weird.

Shkreli added "small crush on @laurenduca" to his Twitter bio. He made his profile image a photo of Duca and her husband, but with his face photoshopped in. He decked out his profile with a collage of Duca photos and tweeted that he had bought marrymelauren.com.  

Duca herself captured the weird profile,  calling out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Shkreli supporters didn't see the problem.

Hours after Duca's tweet, Shkreli's account was suspended. 

Shkreli told The Verge before he was suspended that he didn't consider his actions harassment and thought the collages were no different than fans of "any other celebrity."

Did Shkreli deserve a ban for what harassing Lauren Duca?

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