Disgraced former pharmaceutical executive and noted hip-hop fan Martin Shkreli has been suspended from Twitter for harassing a journalist.
Lauren Duca is a freelance reporter for Teen Vogue who wrote a piece critical of President-elect Donald Trump.
After she defended the story in a testy interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Shkreli invited Duca to accompany him to Trump’s inauguration. Duca responded by posting Shkreli’s offer on Twitter and saying, “I would rather eat my own organs.”
Shkreli later changed his Twitter profile picture to a digitally edited image in which he appeared to be embracing Duca on a couch. Duca tweeted pictures of the change to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 8, 2017
Twitter says in a statement that the platform’s rules “prohibit targeted harassment, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”
Before his account was suspended, Shkreli defended his actions by saying the photos were just a “collage.”