‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album that Martin Shkreli bought for $2 million, could be “disposed of” by the US government, according to reports.
As part of his fraud conviction, Shkreli has been ordered to forfeit the Wu-Tang album as well as an alleged copy of ‘Tha Carter V’, a long-delayed and unreleased Lil Wayne album.
Following reports that both albums could be sold at auction, a new Department of Justice filing, as reported by Forbes, shows that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered Shkreli to forfeit the two fabled albums, a Picasso painting, $5 million and his stake in Vyera Pharmaceuticals.
“The United States hereby gives notice of its intent to dispose of the forfeited property in such manner as the United States Attorney General may direct,” the filing states.
After it was speculated that Jeff Sessions, the controversial US Attorney General appointed by Donald Trump, could be in charge of the Wu-Tang album’s fate, a government spokesperson has since told Forbes that Shkreli’s forfeiture is being directly handled by the civil division of the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.
The legality of the forfeiture has also been questioned, due to the fact that ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ is still partly owned by Wu-Tang leader RZA and associate Cilvaringz.
Cilvaringz’s attorney Peter Scoolidge said he didn’t believe the album had yet been physically seized and “if and when that happens, my client could file papers in the forfeiture proceeding to enforce the restrictions on use of the album.”
In other Wu-Tang news, U-God recently hit out at RZA in his new memoir, likening his leadership of the hip-hop group to a dictatorship.