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

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.

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.”

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


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