The pharmaceutical CEO says he was duped after attempting to buy ‘The Life of Pablo’ from the rapper
Martin Shkreli claims that he has been swindled out of $15m after attempting to buy the exclusive rights to Kanye West’s new album ‘The Life of Pablo’.
The pharmaceutical CEO, who infamously purchased Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album ‘Once Upon A Time in Shaolin’ for $2m, initially offered West $10m to keep the album off the market before upping his bid to $15m on Saturday.
Shkreli is now alleging that he was defrauded of the money by someone pretending to be from Kanye’s camp.
“SOMEONE NAMED DAQUAN SAID HE WAS KANYES BOY AND I SIGND THE DEAL TO BUY PALBO AND SENT THE BITCOIN. CALL THE POLICE THIS IS BULSHIT”, he tweeted earlier today (February 14).
Hours later, Shkreli said that he had gotten in touch with Bitcoin creator Sitoshi who was helping him retrieve the money.
Shkreli made headlines and angered many in 2015 after buying the rights to life-saving drug Daraprim and significantly increasing the cost for users. The drug is primarily used by those diagnosed with AIDS.
Since becoming the sole-owner of ‘Once Upon A Time in Shaolin’ in December, he has traded insults with Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah and threatened to the destroy the single edition album.
Kanye West released ‘The Life of Pablo’, his seventh studio album, yesterday (February 13) shortly after his SNL peformance.