'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli apologizes for Facebook post about Hillary Clinton

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he out-of-court antics of Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager convicted of defrauding his investors, may

The out-of-court antics of Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager convicted of defrauding his investors, may finally be coming back to haunt him.

A federal judge on Wednesday is scheduled to hold a hearing on whether to revoke Shkreli's $5 million bond after prosecutors complained that he had become a "danger to the community." Shkreli offered his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of 's hair during her book tour, prompting the Secret Service to seek an interview with him. "Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment," prosecutors said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto last week.

Shkreli, who has yet to be sentenced, apologized to Matsumoto in writing Tuesday and his attorneys argued that his comments, while distasteful, did not make him dangerous. "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," Shkreli said in a letter to the judge.

"It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress."

Shkreli said he was not a "violent person" and that his bail should not be revoked.

But on Facebook, Shkreli has struck a more defiant note. "Lol Hillary Clinton's presumptive agents are hard at work. It was just a prank, bro! But still, lock HER up. Spend your resources investigating her, not me!!," he said in a post the same day prosecutors filed their motion to have his bail revoked.

Shkreli's lawyers, meanwhile, compared his online comments to the political humor of , who held up a photograph of a faux bloody head of President and even Trump himself. During the campaign, Trump used "political hyperbole," Shkreli's attorneys said, when he said that his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, would abolish the Second Amendment if elected. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know," Trump said.

"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.

"While we do not condone Mr. Shkreli's comments, his constitutionally-protected political hyperbole does not rise to the level of making him a 'danger to the community' when he is not and has never been considered to be a danger."

This is not the first time prosecutors have complained to Matsumoto about Shkreli's conduct. During the trial, Matsumoto chastised Shkreli for speaking with reporters in the courthouse where jurors could potentially hear him. Prosecutors had complained Shkreli's comments - including mocking them as the "junior varsity" - were inappropriate and could taint the jury pool. Shkreli apologized after that incident too.

Shkreli, 34, is best known for raising the price of an AIDS drug by 5,000 percent but was convicted by a Brooklyn jury of defrauding the investors in his hedge funds. Shkreli lied to obtain investors' money then didn't tell them when he made a bad stock bet that led to massive losses, prosecutors argued. Instead, they said, he raised more money to pay off other investors or took money and stock from a pharmaceutical company, Retrophin, he was running.

Shkreli, who has indicated that he will appeal his conviction, argued at trial that he ultimately made money for his investors and did not intend to defraud them. He faces up to 20 years in prison, though his attorneys have said he would likely get much less.

Since his conviction, the loquacious executive has kept an active - and combative - online presence. In addition to asking for someone to grab a strand of Clinton's hair, he has offered investment advice and announced the sale of the only known copy of a "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," a Wu Tang Clan album, that he purchased for $2 million in 2015.

"I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear," he added.

The most recent bid is for $1,001,300 - a potential loss for Shkreli.

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