Prosecutors asked a judge to toss pharma felon Martin Shkreli behind bars Thursday, claiming he’s a danger to society following Facebook posts in which he creepily encouraged followers to grab clumps of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
Based on the social media postings, prosecutors asked Brooklyn federal court judge Kiyo Matsumoto to revoke the loudmouth’s $5 million bond, arguing he’s a “danger to the community.”
Shkreli, who began mysteriously uploading statuses in which he talked about sequencing the former Secretary of State’s DNA, told minions in a since-deleted post that he’d pay $5,000 per strand of HRC’s hair–so long as it included the genetically-rich follicle.
“The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets,” the former pharma CEO wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.”
The internet went into overdrive — critiquing what appeared to be a call to assault the former First Lady and presidential candidate — forcing Shkreli to clarify the next day the hair-raising comments were all a joke.
“(this is satire, meant for humor and not an endorsement of violence against a truly wonderful public servant)” the now-deleted post’s addendum read.
Yet prosecutors also interpreted the comments and threats, and want the gadfly, who was convicted on three counts of securities fraud last month, jailed pending sentencing.
“Since his conviction on August 4, 2017, Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment that warrant his detention pending sentencing,” wrote Assistant US Attorneys Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Alixandra E. Smith, G. Karthik Srinivasan. “Most recently, Shkreli threatened former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by publicly offering $5,000 to anyone who would “grab” some of her hair on the defendant’s behalf during her upcoming book tour.”
The trial prosecutors also confirmed a confusing post of Shkreli’s from earlier in the week, in which he claimed to have been sought for questioning by the Secret Service.
“As a result of Shkreli’s threat, the Secret Service launched an investigation and has informed the government that it has expended significant additional resources to ensure Secretary Clinton’s protection,” the motion, which asks for a bail revocation hearing, read. “In connection with that investigation, the Secret Service sought to interview Shkreli. He declined, and subsequently posted a message on Facebook that reveals that he does not take his actions or their consequences seriously.”
“The Secret Service has requested an interview with me,” Shkreli wrote in another, Sept. 5 posting. “I am declining that interview — schedule is full. I will be peacefully protesting the Hillary Clinton book signing in NYC, chanting ‘lock her up’ with my friends, though.”
A judge has yet to rule on the motion.
Shkreli took to Facebook following the government’s request he be thrown behind bars to pompously throw more shade.
“Lol Hillary Clinton’s presumptive agents are hard at work,” he wrote just after 7:00p.m. Thursday. “It was just a prank, bro! But still, lock HER up. Spend your resources investigating her, not me!!”
“F–k the government,” he wrote 35 minutes later. “I will never kiss their ring or snitch. Come at me with your hardest because I haven’t seen anything impressive yet.”
Shkreli faces up to 20 years behind bars at sentencing.