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Sam Bankman-Fried living on bread and water because jail won't abide vegan diet, lawyer says

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An attorney for FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried said in federal court Tuesday his client has to subsist on bread, water and peanut butter because the jail he’s in isn’t accommodating his vegan diet.


Bankman-Fried, 31, the former billionaire and co-founder of failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, appeared in Manhattan federal court where he pleaded not guilty to seven counts. A superseding indictment charged him with wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering that defrauded customers of FTX and lenders to his cryptocurrency hedge fund, Alameda Research.


Defense attorney Mark Cohen said that Bankman-Fried is not getting his prescribed Adderall, which helps him focus, and he is not getting a vegan diet, so he has had to subsist on bread and water with some peanut butter.


Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn said she doesn’t think the prison can offer vegan, only vegetarian, and she said she would look into the situation right away. Bankman-Fried is currently held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.