‘He needs to pay his debt’

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

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images

SAN JOSE, California – A key witness in the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes doubled her testimony on Monday, two months after he showed up on Holmes’ front door to talk to her.

“I don’t want to help Ms. Holmes, she’s not someone who should be helped,” former Theranos laboratory director Adam Rosendorff said during a special hearing before Judge Edward Davila in the United States District Court. “The only person who can help Mrs. Holmes. Holmes is herself. She needs to pay her debt to society.”

In January, Holmes was convicted of four counts of computer fraud and conspiracy to commit computer fraud in connection with the collapse of Theranos. He is seeking a retrial due to an unannounced visit from Rosendorff to his home on the vast Green Gables estate in Woodside, California in August 2022.

According to court documents, Holmes’ partner Billy Evans says Rosendorff made remorseful comments outside their home on August 8. Evans said Rosendorff said he “tried to answer questions honestly but prosecutors tried to make everyone look bad.”

Evans said Rosendorff said he wanted to “help” Holmes.

However, Rosendorff said during interrogation by United States District Judge Edward Davila, federal prosecutors and a Holmes attorney 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 reason for his visit was to seek forgiveness and healing for himself so that he “could move on” with his life. He also disputed Holmes’ claim that he retracted earlier statements made under oath during the trial.

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

“In the months following Elizabeth Holmes’ conviction, I began to feel more and more distressed and uncomfortable at the idea that her daughter would spend the formative years of their life without her mother,” Rosendorff told a Holmes attorney. “And I understand that Mrs. Holmes may be pregnant again.”

Leaving the court, Holmes did not answer questions about whether she was pregnant with a second child.

Federal prosecutors and Holmes’ attorneys will present written arguments related to Monday’s hearing within a week. Judge Davila will then rule on his motion for a retrial.

If the request is denied, Holmes is expected to be sentenced on November 18.