Martin Shkreli Apologizes for Clinton Hair 'Prank'

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Prosecutors seek to revoke Martin Shkreli's bail after threatening comments
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13 September, 2017

Matsumoto is scheduled to have a hearing on the matter Wednesday.

"I understand now, that some may have read my comments about Mrs. Clinton as threatening, when that was never my intention when making those comments", Shkreli wrote in the letter, filed Tuesday.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors insist Shkreli, 34, needs to be tossed into jail and argue his bail should be revoked because of his "escalating pattern of public threats".

Shkreli came under fire last week after offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who successfully grabbed a sample of hair from the former Democratic presidential candidate while touring to promote her new book - but only promising to pay if the "sequence matches".

Shkreli, who was found guilty on two counts of securities fraud, caught the Secret Service's attention after he wrote a Facebook post last week that read: "The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets".

"I used poor judgment but never meant to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever", he wrote, adding that he had quickly amended his post to make clear he had just been joking. Prosecutors said the posting prompted the Secret Service to use more resources because it ran the risk that many of Shkreli's social media followers would think he was serious.

Shkreli noted that soon after he posted the message about Clinton, he posted again to say that he "was absolutely "not" encouraging anyone to assault anyone". "I want to assure Your Honor that I am not a violent person, have never personally engaged in any violent behavior, nor have I ever intentionally encouraged anyone to do so".

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said that a distinction should be made between crude satire and bona fide threats or harassment.

Shkreli's defense team told the judge they didn't condone their client's comments.

Last month, but acquitted of five other criminal counts related to hedge funds investors and a drug company he founded.

Shkreli has said he feels "exonerated" despite his conviction and thinks there's a "50-50 chance" he won't face any punishment. A sentencing date has not been set. His lawyer took great pains to try to insulate the jury from the caustic reputation of Shkreli, who smirked his way through a congressional hearing a year ago while pleading the Fifth and tweeting that lawmakers were "imbeciles".


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