Fire alarm, protests disrupt ex-pharma exec Shkreli's talk at Harvard

The Webster Hall event, which was scheduled for Monday (February 20), now appears to be cancelled by the venue, with Shkreli writing on Facebook: "It's sad that a couple of threats can cancel a 500 person event people wanted to go to".

A fire alarm and student protests have disrupted indicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli's appearance at Harvard University.

Moments before Shkreli was set to begin his talk, a fire alarm was pulled, prompting the evacuation of the building.

Others students stood outside the front doors of the Harvard Science Center-where an alternative "teach-in" organized to discuss how Big Pharma "s greed threatens patients" lives was also taking place-chanting "Fight back".

There were no reports of violence, however.

Toward the end of his discussion, Shkreli, once dubbed "the most hated man in America", offered a controversial solution for the high price of prescription drugs. "I would be proud to help implement this".

The 33-year-old NY resident is free on $5 million bail pending his federal securities fraud trial in an unrelated case. What's of note is that he claims he'll play tracks from his collection of unreleased music, which includes the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's infamous Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

This hit a snag yesterday when Webster Hall cancelled the event.

Shkreli is slated to speak Thursday at University of Massachusetts' (UMass) pro free speech club Young Americans for Liberty.

  • Zachary Reyes