The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals was imprisoned in September after a social media post asked his fans to “procure a lock of Hillary Clinton’s hair” was ruled to be a solicitation for assault by a federal court judge.
The Facebook post, which Shkreli claimed was a joke and followed it up with another post on the topic prefaced with “LolLiberals,” read: “The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her.”
Martin Shkreli appears at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the prescription drug market, on Capitol Hill, February 4, in Washington. The former CEO used his Facebook page to make the call for a lock of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s hair. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
“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,” he added.
The month prior to his Facebook post, 34-year-old Shkreli had previously been found guilty of securities fraud and is facing 20 years in prison. He initially joked he’d be playing on his X-Box while in “Club Fed,” surrounded by white-collar criminals.
But the controversial character, who notoriously raised the price of AIDS drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent, is serving time at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
“There are some bright sides. I am teaching these prisoners some new things and hopefully some ways to change their lives,” he added.
Whisnant told The Post her friend had a soft side and that he was trying to make the best of things in the detention center, sharing his letter in order to attempt to get more books sent to him and other prisoners.
“He seems to be handling it with typical Shkreli style,” she said.
“He brings people together and shares his knowledge. Martin was meant to be a teacher. He loves it. He’s a natural,” she added, explaining: “He’s trying to help others. Martin is a good guy really.”