Martin Shkreli refuses to testify in front of Congress

The pharmaceutical boss appeared before US lawmakers earlier today (January 4)

Martin Shkreli refused to testify at hearing called by US lawmakers who criticised him for increasing the price of a HIV drug by 5,000%.

Shkreli, who has been called “the most hated man in America” for hiking the price of Daraprim, a potentially life-saving drug, did not respond to questions when he went before the House oversight and government reform committee earlier today (January 4).

According to the Guardian, Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel, said: “I call this money blood money … coming out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.”

The panel released excerpts from some of the 250,000 documents that show how Shkreli made his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, $1bn from buying up the drug.

In one email, Shkreli writes: “Very good. Nice work as usual. $1bn here we come”.

Shkreli is also the owner of a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album which he purchased for $2m last year.

He’s since threatened to destroy the album and come under fire from Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah who described him as a “shithead”.

Earlier this week, Shkreli said he would ‘smack [Killah] in the face if he was here’ during an interview on US radio station Power 105’s The Breakfast Club.