Martin Shkreli needs no introduction, as he very rapidly gained himself the reputation of being the most hated man on the internet.
This was after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, obtained the rights to HIV medication Daraprim. Shortly after this, Shkreli raised the price of the drug 5,000%, taking it from $13.50 per pill to $750. He turned this around rather quickly, but not before he had earned himself quite the reputation.
As you may remember, Shkreli was arrested for Fraud charges back in December, and he recently sat down with Fox 5 for his first interview since the arrest.
Unsurprisingly, given Shkreli’s unfailingly smug attitude, he maintains his innocence and the public persona nicknamed “pharma bro” was a joke and (in hindisight) a bad idea.
He said in the interview: “I’m not a ‘pharma bro’, right? This is a name that got started when there was a picture I took that was meant to be ironic of me in these sun glasses and listening to a rap song, making sort of a funny hand signal. And the reason I took the picture was, I’m never like that. We take photos when we’re doing unusual things.”
“I think most people for most people the hate is sort of this quick reaction. It’s something they’re looking for. They’re looking for someone to hate and if I fit that mold I almost feel I’m serving some sort of utility for them to feel that hate for me.”
As mentioned earlier, Shkreli was arrested back in December 2015 on fraud charges. He is accused of securities fraud in connection with an entirely different drug company and hedge fund.
When speaking on the charges, he said: “It’s all fictitious. The government’s case is fictitious.”