WNYW anchor Steve Lacy scored an exclusive interview with the former pharmaceutical CEO who has been called the most hated man in America.
Saturday, Lacy sat down with Martin Shkreli, the guy who raised the price of a drug that fights parasitic infections 5,000 percent from $13.50 a pill to $750. A Fox spokesperson told TVSpy Lacy used Twitter to contact Shkreli and got the interview together in less than a week.
As far as his nickname, Shkreli told Lacy, “I’m not a ‘pharma bro’, right? This is a name that got started when there was a picture I took that was meant to be ironic of me in these sun glasses and listening to a rap song, making sort of a funny hand signal. And the reason I took the picture was, I’m never like that. We take photos when we’re doing unusual things.”
On December 17, 2015, federal agents arrested Shkreli, accusing him of securities fraud in connection with an entirely different drug company and hedge fund he was involved with. He says the arrest was driven by negative publicity.
“It’s all fictitious,” he said. “The government’s case is fictitious.”