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Martin Shkreli currently banned from Twitter for harassing female journalist

Martin Shkreli currently banned from Twitter for harassing female journalist

Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli has been banned from Twitter after allegedly harassing a female journalist over the platform.

Whether you remember Shkreli from when he initially increased the price of Aids drug Daraprim by 5,556% from £10 to £577, or when he bought the one-of-a-kind Wu Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, the chances are, you're familiar with his unique brand of wankery.

Over the weekend, he continued in that vein. Following Lauren Duca penning a piece for Teen Vogue where she said Trump had conned America, Shkreli has been on her case.

“He has been harassing me for a while. It’s an ongoing thing,” Duca told Buzzfeed News. “He’s been actively tweeting about dating me. I don’t know if he’s encouraging people to do this, but there’s been a small contingent of trolls telling me to sleep with him — but not that politely”.

She posted a private invite he directed at her to Trump's inauguration from within a DM, despite the fact she has a husband.

Then later, he photoshopped a picture of his face over her husband's and made it his profile picture, which Duca said: “I don’t know how this could possibly be allowed because this is an act of targeted harassment,” she said. “I know Twitter is struggling to figure out what makes the most sense [with its user guidelines]…but this is an entire profile dedicated to upsetting me.”

After tweeting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for help, Shkreli commented: “Don’t disrespect the sovereignity of my love for you.”

Shkreli was subsequently banned from Twitter, with a spokesperson saying: “The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted harassment, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”


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