Martin Shkreli's Lawyer Tells Judge To Ignore His Trolling Tweets

Martin Shkreli has been tweeting like crazy before his fraud trial

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Don't believe everything Martin Shkreli tweets.

The 34 year old's fraud trial begins next week and his lawyer is pleading with the federal judge not to take his client's tweets seriously. 

"Tweeting has become, unfortunately so fashionable, but it’s not always true," said Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli’s lawyer, per Bloomberg. “When people tweet, they don’t always mean what they say."

The controversial ex-drug exec's tweets have come into question. He was in court Monday asking to reduce his $5 million bail to $2 million so he could use the remaining $3 million to pay for his defense and taxes, but prosecutor Alixandra Smith said that Shkreli has boasted about being a baller on social media.

According to the prosecution, Shkreli has claimed that he was worth $70 million and owns a Picasso, unreleased music by Lil Wayne and an "Enigma" machine from World War II. He's publicly thrown his money around, even giving a random Princeton student $40,000 for solving a mathematical problem.

His lawyer counters that he was just trolling. "Some of these preposterous statements Mr. Shkreli made are his way to remain relevant," he said, adding that his client is "traveling to the beat of a very unique drummer."

Shkreli came under controversy when his company raised the price of a life-saving HIV drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He's enjoyed infamy. After being blasted, he auctioned off the opportunity to hit him.


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