A USA judge on Wednesday ordered Martin Shkreli to be jailed while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud, citing a Facebook post in which the former drug company executive nicknamed the "Pharma Bro" offered a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair. "Spend your resources investigating her, not me!", he said in a post the same day prosecutors filed their motion to have his bail revoked.
Last month, Shkreli was found guilty on three out of eight federal charges for deceiving his investors of his hedge funds.
Government officials did not say if any of Shkreli's followers followed through on the threat.
The prosecutors cited a Facebook post on Monday in which Shkreli promoted a conspiracy theory about the Clinton Foundation and offered the money for a lock of Clinton's hair. Her representatives and the Secret Service declined comment. To the contrary, within minutes of posting my remarks about Mrs. Clinton's hair, I posted quite clearly that I was absolutely "not" encouraging anyone to assault anyone.
"It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress", Shkreli wrote in his letter to the judge.
I want to assure Your Honour that I am not a violent person, have never personally engaged in any violent behaviour, nor have I ever intentionally encouraged anyone to do so.
"Indeed, in the current political climate, dissent has unfortunately often taken the form of political satire, hyperbole, parody, or sarcasm", Shkreli's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a letter to the court.
The most serious count against Shkreli carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The judge on Wednesday set Shkreli's sentencing date for January 16.
Shkreli became notorious in 2015 when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug called Darapim by more than 5,000 percent.
His antics continued in court. She chastised him for entering an overflow courtroom used by reporters and speaking to them directly, without his lawyer present, to criticize his prosecutors as "junior varsity".