Elizabeth Holmes Could Claim An Abusive Relationship In Theranos Fraud Trial

The founder of Theranos Inc., Elizabeth Holmes, could argue at her upcoming criminal fraud trial that she had a ten-year abusive relationship with former president of Theranos, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, which kept her under his control during the period during which the government claims the two have had blood tests. executives committed massive fraud, newly revealed court records show.

Ms. Holmes alleges the abuse by her former business and romantic partner was psychological, emotional and sexual, according to the documents.

Ms. Holmes accused Mr Balwani of monitoring what she ate, when she slept and how she dressed, threw sharp objects at her and monitored her text messages and emails, among other things, according to one of the files.

Mr Balwani “unequivocally denies any wrongdoing,” according to one of the recently unsealed files. His attorney, Jeffrey Coopersmith, argued this week that the files should remain sealed so that Mr Balwani’s trial, currently slated for early next year, can proceed fairly. Mr Coopersmith did not respond to a request for comment after the filings became public overnight.

The revelations, days before her trial begins, shed light for the first time on how Ms. Holmes’ lawyers might mount a mental health defense, as well as a judge’s decision to separate the trials of Ms. Holmes and Mr. Holmes. Balwani, who was jointly charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in June 2018. Both plead innocent.