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Theranos Executives Elizabeth Holmes And Sunny Balwani Return To Court One of the moments we’ve been waiting for in the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes was to hear how she would accuse her ex-boyfriend and former Theranos President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani of abuse.
That moment finally came on Monday, with Holmes first claiming she had been raped at Stanford, which, she said, was one of the reasons she decided to drop out. Other reasons included her desire to start her own company, but now she’s added an alleged rape to the list. She described how she met Balwani when she was 18 – before she dropped out – and he was 37. While crying on the stand, she said Balwani told her she “was safe now that I had met him,” but would go on to rape and abuse her.
The Verge reported that witnesses earlier in the trial described Balwani deferring to Holmes, rather than committing any of the abuse she now claims. Balwani was known as a tyrant around the office, yet no employees reported seeing him treat Holmes the way he treated other Theranos employees.
These witnesses “also said that in meetings where both were present, Holmes did most of the talking and ran the meetings,” the Verge reported.
“James Mattis, a former Theranos board member, testified that Holmes was ‘in charge’ of Theranos. Lisa Peterson, who worked on the DeVos investment in Theranos, said her team didn’t do comprehensive research on Theranos because they didn’t want to ‘upset Elizabeth,’” the outlet added.
On Monday, Holmes claimed that Balwani controlled what she ate and how she dressed and talked. She also claimed he would text her during meetings to criticize her. Holmes presented a document in what she said was Balwani’s handwriting that called her “a monkey trying to fly a spaceship.”
From the Verge: Holmes didn’t put an exact date on the beginning of the alleged abuse. But Balwani “told me that I didn’t know what I was doing in business, that my convictions were wrong, that he was astonished at my mediocrity and if I followed my instincts […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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