Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, has apparently been having a rough time in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). According to a transcript from an August 22 hearing shared by Inner City Press, he’s been surviving on just bread and peanut butter to stick to his vegan diet, while also running out of his prescription medication.
During the same hearing where he pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud, his lawyers argued for improved conditions for him inside the notoriously tough MDC. They pointed out that the lack of vegan meal options has forced him to eat a very basic diet, as he’s unwilling to consume the meat-based meals offered at the facility.
Bankman-Fried’s attorney, Mark Cohen, noted that his client hadn’t received his ADHD medication since arriving in prison and was “fearful” they would run out.
“My client takes Adderall… And like many people in the world, he follows a vegan diet. He had not received his Adderall at all, in the last 11 days,” said Cohen.