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Martin Shkreli Suspended by Twitter on Trumped Up Charge

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 11:34 AM

Martin Shkreli has been suspended from Twitter for making unwanted advances toward Teen Vogue's weekend editor Lauren Duca, including an invitation to attend Donald Trump's inauguration with him.

Duca is an outspoken critic of Trump. Shkreli has been described as a Trump supporter.

The former pharmaceutical executive, best known for dramatically increasing the price of a drug used by HIV patients, was by flagged Duca who directly tweeted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, reported CNN.

She included a screenshot in which Shkreli edited a photo of Duca and her husband to substitute his face for her husband's face. Another Tweet included a montage of Duca's photos with the text "For better or worse, til death do us part, I love you with every single beat of my heart," noted CNN.

 

 

CNN said a source at Twitter confirmed Shkreli's suspension.

In December, Duca wrote an op-ed piece on Teen Vogue critical of the president-elect, titled "Donald Trump is gas lighting America."

"Trump won the presidency by gas light," she wrote. "His rise to power has awakened a force of bigotry by condoning and encouraging hatred, but also by normalizing deception. Civil rights are now on trial, though before we can fight to reassert the march toward equality, we must regain control of the truth. If that seems melodramatic, I would encourage you to dump a bucket of ice over your head while listening to 'Duel of the Fates.' Donald Trump is our resident now; it's time to wake up."

Duca told BuzzFeed News that Shkreli sent her a direct message asking her to attend Trump's inauguration with him.

 

 

BuzzFeed said Shkreli sent a message to Duca before his account was suspended saying, "Don't disrespect the sovereignity of my love for you. (You're) being unfair."

In 2015, Shkreli was dubbed the "most hated man in America" when as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he was accused of price gouging for increasing the price of the HIV drug called Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 overnight, said CNN.

In May 2016, Shkreli was charged in federal court with securities fraud, reported CNBC. Prosecutors charged that Shkreli raided his former pharma company Retrophin of about $11 million to pay off investors he was suspected of previously defrauding in a hedge fund he ran.

Retrophin sued him for $65 million and ousted him from its board, said CNBC.

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