Martin Shkreli Tells Reporter He Can "Do Whatever He Wants"--Lawyer Scrambles To Recover


Nov. 18 2019, Updated 2:26 p.m. ET

It's been an eventful week for Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli, AKA "Pharma Bro," who gained notoriety for acquiring and jacking up the prices of a life-saving drug used by AIDS patients by  5,000%, officially started his trial for securities fraud on Wednesday.

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It took several days to finally select impartial jurors for the trial, as many took issue with Shkreli's past actions.

people hate martin shkreli so much they haven't been able to find a single juror for his fraud trail
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) June 28, 2017

Nearly 250 potential jurors were screened, with many describing Shkreli as "evil," and one even saying he has a face like "a snake."
— packergirl (@p9cker_girl) June 26, 2017
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Shkreli, who previously said, "I'm so innocent, the jury, judge and prosecution are gonna give me an apology," gave an impromptu press  conference during a lunch break on Friday, describing the prosecution as "junior varsity" and complaining that "people blame me for everything to a group of reporters in a sixth-floor courtroom set up for them to watch the trial via closed-circuit television.

Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli's lawyer, interrupted the tirade by peering  into the room and saying, "Martin, can I talk to you for a minute?"

So when CNBC's Meg Tirrell caught up with the pair outside the courtroom and asked Brafman about the comments his client made about the trial and the prosecution, Shkreli interrupted by saying, "He'll do whatever he wants."

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli tells @Megtirrell he can “do whatever he wants”
— CNBC's Fast Money (@CNBCFastMoney) June 30, 2017

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While Brafman expressed hope that his client "doesn't ever do it again," the damage was already done.

Twitter users didn't need any more reasons to dislike Shkreli:

Trial of leading US pharmacist Martin Shkreli is said to show inherent bias and discrimination against people born with punchable faces.— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) June 26, 2017
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When I saw "Martin Shkreli" trending I naturally assumed the Trump Administration had hired him as a new official #WealthCareBill spokesman.— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) June 26, 2017


Other users were more focused on the guy in the video who ran into a barricade and knocked it over while chasing after Shkreli:

Are we just gonna ignore the dude walking directly into the barrier?— Scott (@scootermacgavin) July 1, 2017— Janis McD (@janismcdonald_) July 1, 2017


If nothing else comes of the trial, we at least got this courtroom sketch out of it:

weird how this pic of Martin Shkreli was drawn to show how ugly he is on the inside.— cx (@cxcope) June 29, 2017

H/T: Uproxx, CNBC, Twitter


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