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.
Sooo.....swearing your undying love & debvotion to a woman is "abuse" now. We should all be so abused.— 🌸Cyhr Karadžić🌸🏴 (@HRH_QueenOfMean) January 8, 2017
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."