Elizabeth Holmes, who was the youngest billionaire in the US, accuses her ex-boyfriend of mistreatment in the trial for the fraud of her firm Theranos

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29 ago 2021 21:02 GMT

Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani each face 10 counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy. Both have pleaded not guilty and deny the accusations.

Businesswoman Elisabeth Holmes, who is on trial for fraud in connection with her now defunct healthcare tech company Theranos, within the framework of the trial, she has denounced mistreatment by her ex-boyfriend Ramesh Balwani, also accused in the same process.

According court documents presented during the process and quoted by CNBC, the lawyers for the 37-year-old woman spoke of “a campaign of psychological abuse for a decade.”

In particular, the indictment states that “Balwani’s control included monitoring his calls [de Holmes], text messages and emails; physical violence such as throwing hard and sharp objects at him, restricting his sleep, monitoring his movements; and insist that whatever success he achieved was due to him. “

Holmes’s attorneys promised to present evidence to the judge that Balwani “verbally belittled her and ‘withdrew her affection if she contested’; he controlled what she ate, how she dressed and how much money she could spend, who she could interact with, essentially dominating her and eliminating their ability to make decisions. ” The lawyers argued that, as a result, the woman suffers from various mental problems, such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression.

For his part, the ex-boyfriend’s legal defender, Jefferey Coopersmith, called the accusations “deeply offensive to Mr. Balwani, personally devastating for him.”

The ‘Steve Jobs’ charged

In 2003, Holmes founded Theranos, a company proposing new technology that would revolutionize blood testing. Holmes promised that thanks to this technique a few drops were enough to obtain the same results as a traditional blood test with a syringe and a large needle.

Holmes ‘promises helped her company attract large investments, which reached a capitalization of $ 9 billion in 2014. She was rated by Forbes as the American woman who had amassed the greatest fortune and branded by the media as the’ Steve Jobs’ of blood tests.

However, after failing to meet the expectations, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Holmes and Theranos for massive fraud. The entrepreneur had to pay a $ 500,000 fine and was prohibited from running any company for the next ten years. On September 5, 2018, the company announced its dissolution.

Now, Holmes and Balwani each face 10 counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy. Both have pleaded not guilty and deny the accusations.

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