Last week, Martin Shkreli, the “pharma bro” best known for dramatically raising the prices of lifesaving drugs offered by his company and being convicted of defrauding his hedge fund investors, put his bail in jeopardy. Specifically, he asked his social media followers to get him Hillary Clinton’s hair if they attended one of her book signings.
While Shkreli attempted to clarify that it was a joke, the damage was already done. Federal prosecutors were not amused and tried to get Shkreli’s bail revoked. On Tuesday, he filed a letter (tweeted by USA Today’s Brad Heath) to Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto with the court, apologizing for his actions:
Dear Judge Matsumoto:
I wanted to personally apologize to this Court and my lawyers for the aggravation that my recent postings have caused. 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. I used poor judgment but never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever. To the contrary, within minutes of posting my remarks about Mrs. Clinton’s hair. I posted quite clearly that I was absolutely “not” encouraging anyone to assault anyone. It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress.
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. I apologize for my behavior and ask you respectfully not to change my bail status so that I may continue to assist my attorneys in preparing for my sentencing.
Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison for the fraud conviction.