'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli issued an apology for an alleged threat against Hillary Clinton
By Camila DeChalus
September 13, 2017 12:37 PM EDT
Ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, aka "Pharma Bro," issued an apology to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, claiming that his comment to "grab" Clinton's hair was an “awkward attempt at humor or satire” and not a threat.
Last week, Shkreli offered his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour.
Shkreli, 34, insists that it was not a threat.
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“I used poor judgment.” Shkreli said in a letter to the court, according to ABC News. “But never contended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever.”
“It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress,” he said.
Shkreli is expected to go before a judge on Wednesday to decide on whether to revoke Shkreli’s $5 million bond. This comes after prosecutors in New York claimed that he had become a “danger to the community” and was harassing women online.
The Secret Service interviewed Shkreli shortly after he posted the message. Later on he wrote on Facebook, "Hillary Clinton's presumptive agents are hard at work."
"Shkreli’s latest threat is concerning not only because it has required a significant expenditure of resources by the United States Secret Service, which is charged with protecting Secretary Clinton, but also because there is a significant risk that one of his many social media followers or others who learn of his offers through the media will take his statements seriously—as has happened previously—and act on them,” they wrote in their motion to revoke bail.
Shkreli currently faces up to 20 years in prison after he was convicted in August of three counts of securities fraud for raising the price of a life-saving AIDS drug Daraprim by 5,000% .