- On Monday, Elizabeth Holmes testified that Ramesh Balwani, her ex-boyfriend and former president and COO, was abusive.
- Submitted evidence includes handwritten instructions Holmes claims Balwani wrote, per The Verge.
- The note includes advice such as spending at least 80% of time on things “most important to cash flow.”
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes said her ex-boyfriend and former Theranos president and COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani wrote her a list of instructions about how to conduct business as she testified that he was abusive on Monday.
A lawyer for Balwani that attended Holmes’ testimony denied the abuse allegations against his client, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
The three-page document includes edicts such as “I will only spend time on things that are most important to cash flow…,” “I will never meet with anyone (direct report especially) for more than five minutes unless I have written down why,” and “create a file for each person you deal with.”
On the stand, Holmes identified the note as containing Balwani’s handwriting and testified that he told her on multiple occasions that she needed to “become a new Elizabeth” in order to succeed in life and business.
“I think that the testimony was powerful in trying to portray her as a victim,” Dr. Jill Huntley Taylor, a jury and trial consultant, told Insider. “Jurors always look at these cases as who’s the big guy and who’s a little guy, how good or bad are each of the parties.”
As for the testimony’s impact on the jury’s final decision, Taylor said “some jurors are going to be still very focused on the law — did she knowingly make false statements with the intent to deceive. Other types of jurors are going to take a more complex or more emotional approach to their view of the case.”