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‘She must pay her debt’

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes (L) arrives at federal court along with her partner Billy Evans on October 17, 2022 in San Jose, California.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A star witness within the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes doubled down on his testimony on Monday, two months after he showed up at Holmes’ doorstep to confer with her.

“I don’t need to assist Ms. Holmes, she’s not someone who needs to be helped,” said former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff during a special hearing before Judge Edward Davila in U.S. District Court. “The one one that might help Ms. Holmes is herself. She must pay her debt to society.”

In January, Holmes was convicted on 4 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in reference to the collapse of Theranos. She is in search of a latest trial due to an unannounced visit by Rosendorff to her home on the sprawling Green Gables estate in Woodside, California, in August 2022.

In line with court filings, Holmes’ partner Billy Evans claims that Rosendorff made remorseful comments outside of their home on Aug. 8. Evans said that Rosendorff said “he tried to reply the questions truthfully but that the prosecutors tried to make everyone look bad.”

Evans claimed that Rosendorff said he desired to “help” Holmes.

Nevertheless, Rosendorff maintained during questioning from U.S. District Judge Edward Davila, federal prosecutors and an attorney for Holmes that his previous testimony that Theranos was a fraud was honest.

Rosendorff told the court that his conversation with Evans lasted 10 minutes and the explanation for his visit was to hunt forgiveness and healing for himself so he “could move on” together with his life. He also disputed Holmes’ allegation that he recanted previous statements made under oath through the trial.

Rosendorff worked at Theranos from 2013 to late 2014. He spent six days on the stand, which was longer than another witness, during Holmes’ high-profile trial. It was revealed that Rosendorff was a key source for former Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, who wrote a series of stories that exposed the corporate’s shortcomings and dubious business practices.

“Within the months following Elizabeth Holmes’ conviction I began to feel increasingly distressed and uncomfortable on the prospect her young child would spend the early life of their life without their mother,” Rosendorff told an attorney for Holmes. “And I understand Ms. Holmes could also be pregnant again.”

Leaving court, Holmes didn’t answer questions on whether she was pregnant with a second child.

Federal prosecutors and attorneys for Holmes will submit written arguments regarding Monday’s hearing inside one week. Judge Davila will then make a ruling on her motion for a latest trial.

If the request is denied, Holmes is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 18.

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