New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli leaves court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.

A new lawyer in a securities fraud case against Shkreli told reporters outside New York City court Wednesday that his client would stop speaking to the media until the charges are resolved.

Shkeli is reviled for hiking the price of a lifesaving drug. He was arrested late last year on charges related to another pharmaceutical company he previously ran. Since then, he has frequently turned to social media and news outlets to lash out at his accusers.

The 32-year-old Shkeli has been subpoenaed by a congressional committee investigating the price of drugs.

In a TV interview this week, he said he’d like to “berate” and “insult” Congress — but instead will take the Fifth Amendment.

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