Now that the coronavirus pandemic is finally starting to die down, we can begin counting all of the celebrities and entertainment industry figures who have tried to get out of prison due to the pandemic.
In case you missed it, stars such as R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and even Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, have asked for an early release due to the fear of COVID-19.
While judges typically deny their request for a release, Tekashi 6ix9ine, however, was one who was allowed to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.
Another popular figure to ask for an early release is Martin Shkreli, a man who secured an image for himself as an “evil genius” who wound up behind bars for security fraud charges. Hot New Hip Hop reported this week that even though Martin got himself in a penitentiary, he’s still managing to get attention in the media.
For instance, Shkreli claimed he had an unreleased diss-track from Drake toward Pusha-T; he claimed he was still running his company from behind bars, and now, he thinks he can help create a cure for the coronavirus. Martin requested a judge to allow him to leave to help thwart the spread of COVID-19.
Unfortunately for Shkreli, the judge didn’t allow him to get out. TMZ was the first to report on the judge’s denial of Shkreli’s attempt to get out of jail. The judge presiding over the case couldn’t find a legitimate reason to allow his exit.
The judge’s ruling was rather critical, as well. Paraphrasing what was stated in court documents, Shkreli’s claim that he could find a cure was the same type of “self-aggrandizing behavior” that got him locked up in the first place.
Additionally, reports claim that Shkreli doesn’t actually have asthma and the only condition he has is basic seasonal allergies for which he takes anti-histamines. According to Shkreli’s Wikipedia Page, he was eventually imprisoned on security fraud charges and also a conspiracy to commit security fraud.
His charges and subsequent conviction and sentencing was unrelated to the Daraprim controversy in which he reportedly hiked up the price of a pharmaceutical by a factor of 15: from $13US per pill to $750.