As a warning to thousands of patients of potentially unreliable clinical data, Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos Inc, the Mountain View-based blood-testing company, took her problems to the 15th District Court in Alameda, California, where she requested the summary judgment of her lawsuit against her former boyfriend Nicholas Culpepper, accusing him of contributing to her personal conduct.
“I am filing this lawsuit to hold those responsible for my ruin accountable,” stated Dr. Holmes in an interview for the Mercury News. “It’s time for Nick Culpepper to be held responsible for the things he has done to cause enormous damage to my personal and professional lives. And he is not only playing innocent, he is trying to become the victim,” she said.
Theranos did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
At issue in the case are two books, the thriller The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, who Holmes believed to be a close friend, and The Life Before Her Eyes, by Culpepper, that she purchased. Dr. Holmes asserts that Culpepper was a dirty liar and a “drifter” while Culpepper claims that Dr. Holmes told him to write the books in which the two discussed how to get back at Theranos. When Theranos eventually fired Culpepper, he sued Theranos for wrongful termination.