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Elizabeth Holmes trial Week 13 recap: Claims of abuse, a botched attempt to block an exposé, and whistleblower regrets

Elizabeth Holmes trial Week 13 recap: Claims of abuse, a botched attempt to block an exposГ©, and whistleblower regrets
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes took the stand again in her federal fraud trial this week.




Holmes testified that her ex and former COO, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, abused her.A 




She described trying to kill an exposA© and said she wished she'd listened to a whistleblower.


Holmes says Balwani abused her

Holmes testified Monday that Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, her ex-boyfriend and Theranos' former president and COO, physically and emotionally abused her. The two met during a trip to China when Holmes was 18 years old and Balwani was 37. Holmes said, after being raped while a student at Stanford University, she decided to drop out to build Theranos. She told Balwani she had been raped, and "he said that I was safe now that I had met him," Holmes testified.The Theranos founder said Balwani also sexually abused her, though. "He would force me to have sex with him when I didn't want to because he would say that he wanted me to know he still loved me," Holmes said, according to The New York Times.Jurors saw notes Holmes wrote on her phone after the alleged assault."Don't enjoy literally anything about it or who I am if I did it. Hurts so much. So so much. Can't focus on anything except why? Why hurting myself? Can't even move let alone do sit-ups or actually sit up. Lying swollen. Literally," the notes read, according to The Verge.
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