Elizabeth Holmes plans to accuse a former Theranos executive of 'intimate partner abuse' during her criminal trial, with claims that he threw 'sharp' objects at her and controlled how she ate and... - Markets Insider

Elizabeth Holmes plans to accuse former boyfriend and ex-business partner, Ramesh Balwani, of abuse during her criminal trial. The founder of Theranos will claim Balwani threw "sharp" objects at her and controlled how she ate and dressed, impacting her "state of mind." An attorney for Balwani called the accusations salacious and inflammatory. Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, plans to accuse her former boyfriend and ex-business partner of "intimate partner abuse" as part of her defense strategy in her upcoming fraud trial. Holmes will contend that Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani - former Theranos vice-chair, COO, and president - threw "sharp" objects at her and controlled how she ate and dressed, according to new federal court filings released Saturday. Balwani exercised control over Holmes in what was "a decade-long campaign of psychological abuse," according to Holmes' lawyers Lance Wade and Kevin Downey. She will also accuse him of sexual abuse, the documents said. Holmes will contend during her trial, which starts Tuesday in California, that Balwani monitored her calls, texts, and emails, impacting her "state of mind," including her decision to turn a blind eye to the failures of her blood-testing startup, which was supposed to revolutionize medical testing. The US Department of Justice charged Holmes and Balwani with nine counts of wire fraud in 2018, accusing them of defrauding investors, medical professionals, and customers. Both have pleaded not guilty. Before her...



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