NEW YORK What do you do if you’re one of the most criticized defendants in the nation and the jurors in your criminal fraud trial finish their fourth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict?
If you’re “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, you turn to social media, of course.
The reviled poster boy for prescription drug price hikes left a live-stream running on the computer in his empty Manhattan apartment for hours while he was in Brooklyn federal court awaiting the verdict that didn’t arrive on Thursday.
Viewers saw no movement in the YouTube video, but some speculated that Shkreli’s cat, Trashy, might jump up on the desktop, as the cat has done on occasion during the pharmaceutical industry entrepreneur’s weekly financial investing recaps.
Shkreli also apparently continued using the new Twitter account, Sam@SamTheManTP, the latest under a different name since the social media platform suspended his account earlier this year.
Although the account was blocked to some news reporters covering the trial, others were treated to Sam/Shkreli shooting back at a Democratic congressional candidate who criticized him.
“Every time I see Martin Shkreli’s face or hear another story from someone who can’t afford their medicine my blood boils” tweeted Fayrouz Saad, who plans to challenge Republican Rep. Dave Trott in a Michigan race.
“You don’t like companies doing drug research and market based pricing? How do I fund your opponent,” Sam/Shkreli tweeted back.
Shkreli shot to national notoriety in 2015 by ordering a 5000% price hike on a medication used to treat a parasitic ailment that typically afflicts those with HIV and others with weakened immune systems.
However, he stands accused not for that, but instead for defrauding investors in in two hedge funds he once headed. An eight count fraud and conspiracy indictment also accuses him of repaying the investors with stock and money improperly taken from Retrophin, a pharmaceutical company he previously served as chief executive.
Shkreli has pleaded not guilty. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on one of the most serious charges.
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