Tical Nigga’ Martin Shkreli. ‘Cuban Links, kid. The Saga Continues’
Hedge fund-homie-turned-pharma-bro-turned-accused-hoodwinker can’t find ‘impartial’ jurors.
The moneyman-turned-pharma exec once labeled “the most hated man in America” is about to go on trial in NYC’s federal court. Martin Shkreli is accused of improperly taking $11million from Retrophin, a drug company he once ran, and using the proceeds to pay off investors in two of his loss-making hedge funds. He denies any hoodwinking or Ponzi-hustling, despite haters in the press asserting he fleeced investors. It was for something else, though, that Marty became the most hated “Pharma Bro” ever: hiking the price of an anti-parasitic med called Daraprim that is indispensable to some AIDS patients.
As the sole supplier of the drug, Marty’s Turing Pharmaceuticals raised its price from $13.50 to $750 per pop — about a +5000% increase. The move, though perfectly legal, was widely denounced as evil price-gouging (Hillary Clinton even got in on the hullabaloo, helping to cement Marty’s infamy and accused him of being a “cruel monopolist”). The affair shed light on the way drug prices are set, and sparked a fierce public debate. Marty’s securities-fraud trial, which cannot get underway yet because it is impossible to find ‘neutral’ and ‘impartial’ jurors (it’s been three days now and droves of would-be jurors have been disqualified and sent home), will add further headlines, but whatever the verdict it won’t have anything like the impact of the Daraprim debacle.
He also purchased the only copy of a very coveted Wu-Tang album (‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ — below) for $2 million bucks, then refused to share it with anyone until Trump got into office (then threatened to destroy it). For that hipsters and hip-hop aficionados think he is mega-slimy, and have hurled much invective at the fast-talking biotech short-seller. Listen to a leaked version here.
Marty has also been accused of harassing Lauren Duca, a writer, and posting weird collages he made of them together. For that Twitter suspended his account (for ‘borderline sexual harassment/stalking’) but he still uses Youtube and avidly streams thought-provoking vids on topics like music, investing, biochemistry and pharma science, and has actually displayed a modicum of humility lately (Vanity Fair said he displayed “moments of sweetness”). Yes Ghostface Killah (below) called him a “pussy” and Bernie Sanders chastised him repeatedly and rejected his $2,700 campaign donation (The Potus even weighed in, saying, “Shkreli looks like a spoiled brat”), but that doesn’t stop him from imbibing bucketloads of 1982 Lafite-Rothschild and posting sybaritic pics of him and his crew on social-media. Marty told President Trump to “Fuckoff…My parents were immigrants and janitors,” he said. “[Trump] inherited wealth! Fuck him. And I thought we could be friends.”
Anyway, Marty is scheduled to go on trial in six weeks from now. When the legal smoke clears, VIVISXN predicts he’ll rise like a phoenix and be a force for the greater good. In a recent post, he linked to a video of Eminem’s “The Way I Am,” which goes, “I’m not Mr. Friendly, I can be a prick….I don’t mean to be mean but all I can be is just me.” We’ll be watching the opening arguments with excitement. Good luck, Mr. Shkreli!
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