Woman Who Pledged $50,000 To Hit Martin Shkreli Pulls Her Punch

The despised ex-pharma executive said he's seeking new bidders for the right to repeatedly pummel him in the face.
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UPDATE: 10:50 p.m. ― A woman who had pledged to donate $50,000 to punch hated former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli in the face reneged on the deal, Shkreli said Thursday night.

Shkreli said he’s looking for someone else willing to pay to slap him silly.


A woman in Florida has pledged to pay $50,000 to punch Martin Shkreli in the face.

The infamous pharmaceutical CEO auctioned off the chance for some lucky hater to punch or slap him in the puss this week.

Shkreli’s goal is to raise money for the family of Mike Kulich, his former PR consultant who died in his sleep on Saturday morning.

The punch gimmick is also a personal tribute to Kulich, whose stock-in-trade was masterminding outlandish PR stunts for his clients, many of whom were in the porn industry.

Shkreli, aka “pharma bro,” claimed he received bids as high as $78,000, but the final winning bid on Wednesday was $50,000, from a woman in Florida, known only as “Katie.”

He will match the amount and donate it to Kulich’s family.

Shkreli says the money will be used for a college fund for Kulich’s young son, Tyler.

Neither Katie nor Shkreli have responded to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment on when the punch might take place or whether it will happen in Florida or New York City.

Katie is allowed to film it for posterity or to share it online.

Shkreli first became a pariah last September when, as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he notoriously jacked up the price of an antiparasitic drug used to treat infections in HIV patients.

He resigned in December, one day after being arrested on charges of securities fraud related to a company he previously ran. Shkreli is due to go on trial in June 2017.

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