Martin Shkreli Plays Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 Million Album During Chat About His Conviction
Even after being convicted of Federal fraud charges, Martin Shkreli has found a way to put himself in the hip-hop headlines. Always one to try to make a spectacle, the millionaire pharmaceutical dealer recently played the $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, while chatting live online about his recent charges.
In a video posted to the YouTube account, Best of Martin Shkreli, he appears to be getting interviewed about his recent case. Around the 48-minute mark, he starts to talk about the infamous Wu LP.
"I donated $2 million to Wu-Tang," he said of the purchase. "I got a mixtape in return, it was a wonderful investment. I view it as a donation. People might see that as splurging. I don't think there are many people in the world who have patronized hip-hop to the extent I have."
He then went on to play the CD while continuing to talk over it. In all, he played about 10 minutes of the record before the interview ends.
On Friday (Aug. 4), The Pharmo Bro was convicted of five out of eight charges that were levied against him, surrounding securities fraud allegations. Shkreli, who is out on $5 million bail, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. But he doesn't appear to think he will get anything close to that. He took to Facebook to vent about his case. "I'm delighted with the outcome of the insane witch hunt against me," he wrote. "The government concocted a fantasy world of eight criminal counts connecting nonexistent dots into an elaborate conspiracy encompassing a dozen people. The jury soundly rejected this idiocy, leaving only 3 vacuous charges which 'stuck'.
"I am proud of my legal team for all of the hard work which resulted in an acquittal on the serious, 'loss-carrying' charges. A simple reading of the USSG suggests a sentence of "0 to 6 months."
Check out the video clip Shkreli playing the Wu album below.
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