NBC News reports:
Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli apologized Tuesday for offering his Facebook followers $5,000 to pull a hair from Hillary Clinton’s head, saying it was an “awkward attempt at humor or satire” and not a real threat.
The contrite-sounding note to a federal judge from the man known as “Pharma Bro” came five days after prosecutors asked the court to revoke his bail and keep him locked up until he is sentenced on securities fraud charges.
Shkreli’s initial response to the government motion was profanity and scorn. “Come at me with you [sic] hardest because I haven’t seen anything impressive yet,” he wrote on his Facebook page last week. But by the eve of a hearing that will determine if he actually does go to jail, his tone changed.
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“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,” he continued, urging the judge not to have his bail release reconsider.
Shkreli came under fire last week after offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who successfully grabbed a sample of hair from the former Democratic presidential candidate while touring to promote her new book — but only promising to pay if the “sequences” match. “The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets,” Shrekli wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post.