Elizabeth Holmes's Lawyers Say She Suffered Partner's Abuse (1) - Bloomberg Law

Theranos founder says former boyfriend dominated her decisions Court records unsealed ahead of trial slated to begin Aug. 31 Unsealed court filings in the criminal case against Elizabeth Holmes reveal that her lawyers have been preparing a defense that the Theranos Inc. founder suffered “a decade-long campaign of psychological abuse” at the hands of Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani,her former romantic partner and president of the company. Holmes is facing up to 20 years in prison on charges that the blood-testing startup she created and led as chief executive officer was a massive fraud. Her lawyers told the court last year that they expect her to testify in her defense in a trial that’s scheduled to begin with jury selection on Aug. 31. Holmes was charged alongside Balwani, but their trials were separated by a judge, with the reasoning kept under seal until Saturday. Holmes suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety as a result of her relationship with Balwani, according to the filings. Her lawyers said they plan “to introduce evidence that Mr. Balwani verbally disparaged her and withdrew ‘affection if she displeased him,’ controlled what she ate, how she dressed, how much money she could spend, who she could interact with -- essentially dominating her and erasing her capacity to make decisions,” according to one of the filings, unsealed after midnight by a federal judge in California. Among the allegations: Balwani engaged in conduct including “...

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