“Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, the “most hated man in America,” the man who raised the price of a life-saving drug 500 percent in a day, who paid $2 million for the sole copy of a new Wu-Tang Clan album and threatened to destroy it so no one could else could listen, is giving the people what they want.
On Tuesday night, Shkreli tweeted that he’s raffling off the opportunity for someone to punch or slap him in the face—for a good cause.
If you donate to this site, you are entered into a raffle to slap/punch me. The # of dollars you donate is the # of tickets you get. https://t.co/VRbILlQwh7— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 28, 2016
Bidding began Monday on eBay, and the bids quickly topped $10,000, but the auction was taken down without explanation. On Tuesday, Shkreli linked to the charity website GiveForward, where money is being raised for Shkreli’s former publicist, Mike Kulich, who died in his sleep, according to the donation description. Kulich’s son, who is in kindergarten, recently recovered from leukemia.
Shkreli first came into the public eye after he bought a pharmaceutical company and raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750. The drug has been around for more than 50 years and is used to treat a life-threatening condition called toxoplasmosis caused by a parasitic infection, often contracted by people with HIV or AIDS. Congress called him to testify in February about the price increase, and he mostly smirked at the questions and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Shkreli had previously been arrested by the FBI over accusations he lied to investors in a hedge fund he ran before buying the pharmaceutical company.