"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, during a surprise visit with reporters covering his fraud trial Friday, criticized the people prosecuting him as the "junior varsity," claimed he never considered taking a plea deal and said people "blame me for everything."
Shkreli also griped about news headlines regarding his case, and teed off on a young woman who had testified he for almost a year dragged out redeeming her $435,000 investment in his hedge fund, saying she wasn't a "victim."
And Shrkreli said that several documents discussed at the trial, which raised questions about his honesty with investors, were prepared by other people.
"Do I want to exonerate myself?" he asked a small group of journalists when asked if he had desired to have his day in court.
He only stopped talking and left when his high-powered lawyer Benjamin Brafman peered in the room and asked, "Martin, can I talk to you for a minute?"
Later, Brafman said would prefer Shkreli not conduct any more impromptu press conferences "because sometimes he doesn't have a filter."
"I'm hoping he doesn't do it ever again," Brafman told reporters.
At the end of the day's session, before leaving court, Shkreli told one reporter "I have to be very careful about who I talk to. I might get into trouble."
And Shkreli said to a sketch artist, "You're talking to 'Rain Man.' I remember everything."
The "Rain Man" reference was to Brafman's blistering opening argument, during which he said Shkreli's business colleagues used the name of that Tom Cruise movie behind his back because it featured an autistic savant, played by Dustin Hoffman. Those colleagues supposedly suspected the highly intelligent Shkreli also might be autistic.
Shkreli's unexpected remarks came during the lunch break of his securities fraud trial in Brooklyn, NY, federal court.
He is charged with looting millions of dollars from Retrophin, the publicly traded drug company he founded. Prosecutors claim he used the money to repay to investors whom allegedly defrauded at two hedge funds he had run, in addition to paying off personal debts.
Shkreli walked into a courtroom that is on the same floor as the one where his trial is being conducted, and saw several reporters. The room has an video and audio feed of the trial for spectators who don't have seats in the main courtroom.
"Welcome," one reporter said when she saw Shkreli.
The 34-year former pharmaceuticals executive then began talking freely for about five minutes.