Fawning textual content messages between Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founding father of blood-testing startup Theranos, and her ex-boyfriend and former business associate have been revealed — after the alleged fraudster accused him of psychological abuse.
“You are breeze in desert for me,” learn one message to her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani again in May 2015.
“My water. And Ocean,” the texts continued.
The textual content messages have been launched by prosecutors in her trial Tuesday.
Other passionate texts learn, “Madly in love with you and your strength” and “Feel like the luckiest person in world BC I have you.”
The exchanges occurred simply as Holmes was going through questions from the Wall Street Journal, which was getting ready an explosive story alleging that Theranos was overstating the capabilities of its expertise.
Prosecutors launched the textual content messages as they ready opening statements for Holmes’ fraud trial, which started on Wednesday.
In their opening assertion, Holmes’ protection workforce painted her as an harmless businesswoman whose company failed, and they reminded the jury that she didn’t run Theranos alone.
In filings unsealed final week, Holmes’ attorneys claimed she suffered a “decade-long campaign of psychological abuse” by the hands of Balwani, setting the stage for Holmes to accuse him of masterminding the fraud when she takes the stand.
Holmes’ attorneys mentioned in filings that Balwani “controlled what [Holmes] ate, how she dressed, and how much money she could spend, who she could interact with – essentially dominating her and erasing her capacity to make decisions.”
The attorneys added that he additionally restricted Holmes’ sleep, monitored her actions and insisted “that any success she achieved was because of him.”
The relationship amounted to “intimate partner abuse,” the attorneys wrote, including that “Holmes is likely to testify herself to the reasons why she believed, relied on and deferred to Mr. Balwani.”