Martin Shkreli Suspended From Twitter: What Is His Issue With Lauren Duca?

Martin Shkreli has infamously made the news yet again, and this time it involves harassing Teen Vogue journalist Lauren Duca.

Duca caught the attention of Shkreli after a heated debate over Ivanka Trump in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson.

“The two went toe-to-toe in what became gripping television, with Duca at one point calling Carlson a ‘partisan hack’ intent on not allowing her to speak,” CBS reported. Carlson reportedly made references to Duca’s pop-culture writings, and ended the interview stating that Duca should “stick to the thigh-high boots. You’re better at that.”

Shkreli tweeted repeatedly this morning about Duca, whose interview with Carlson sparked “thousands of angry responses,” including a rape threat aimed at the writer on Christmas Day, according to The Washington Times.

Shkreli invited Duca to be his “plus one” at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Duca replied to the invite, stating “I would rather eat my own organs.”

Before his Twitter account was suspended Shkreli’s bio read, “also i have a small crush on @laurenduca (hope she doesn’t find out),” and included a collage of Duca in his Twitter profile background. His profile picture featured a Photoshopped image of himself with Duca. The original image featured Duca’s husband:

While the exact reason of why Shkreli’s Twitter account has been taken down hasn’t been verified, NY Mag reported that “Duca and others have reached out on Twitter to CEO Jack Dorsey to intervene.”

However, Duca may have struck a nerve with Shkreli before the latest controversy, by tweeting the following in August 2016:

The journalist is no stranger to controversy. Duca received heavy criticism after the following May 2016 tweet surfaced where she stated that “white men are generally trash:”

In 2015, she tweeted that she “can” make fun of white men, since she had “slept with several of them:”

Shkreli, an Albanian-American first made headlines when people across the country became horrified after news emerged that he had purchased the rights to the drug Daraprim through his company Turing Pharmaceuticals. It’s a drug that’s been used for over 60 years to help those with weakened immune systems. Overnight, the price of the drug shot up from $13.50 per tablet to $750.

The medication is used mainly to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that’s common in AIDS and HIV patients, as well as cancer sufferers. Earlier in September 2015, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association sent letters to Shkreli saying the proposed price increase on Daraprim was “unjustifiable for the medically vulnerable patient population” and “unsustainable for the health care system.”

Read more about the man, who was once named as one of the worst CEO’s in biotech, below:

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