A man at Elizabeth Holmes’ trial who called himself Hanson repeatedly defended Holmes to reporters.
He said he was just a “concerned citizen” and had always wanted to attend a trial, NPR reports.
However, the man was actually Bill Evans, the father of Holmes’ partner, according to NPR.
While all eyes were on Elizabeth Holmes during jury selection for her Theranos fraud trial, one man in the courtroom was beginning to garner some attention of his own.
He called himself Hanson and wore a Patagonia puffer jacket and a cap, NPR reports. He explained that he was simply a “concerned citizen” curious about the trial and that it had always been on his bucket list to attend one.
A week later, he showed up at the trial again, this time in very different clothes. He had traded his Patagonia for a suit, and he was walking into the courthouse next to none other than the defendant herself, Elizabeth Holmes.
Hanson, as it turns out, isn’t named Hanson at all. He’s actually Bill Evans, the father of Holmes’ partner, Billy Evans, NPR reports.
While he masqueraded as casual spectator Hanson, Bill Evans defended Holmes to trial reporters, saying the news media chronically mistreated the Theranos founder in its coverage of her, according to NPR.
Trial reporters had already sensed earlier that something was amiss with “Hanson.” CNN’s Sara Ashley O’Brien told NPR the name on his Starbucks cup was either Bill or Billy, not Hanson. She also told NPR he wore Salvatore Ferragamo loafers, an expensive choice that casts doubt on his claims that he was an everyman.
When trial reporters asked why he initially hid his relationship to Holmes, the elder Evans was evasive, NPR reports.
NPR’s Bobby Allyn asked Bill Evans if he was a mole, to which he jokingly responded that he had a mole on his head. When CNBC’s Yasmin Khorram asked why he said his name was Hanson, Bill Evans “booked it for the men’s restroom,” she told NPR.
Later, when pressed further about why he called himself Hanson, Bill Evans told NPR, “People have nicknames and you can be free to use them.”
Read the original article on Business Insider
You may be interested
Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young are married — see her gorgeous dress!Webby - October 24, 2021
Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young have officially tied the knot, TODAY can confirm.Their wedding ceremony was held outside in Santa Barbara, California, in front of…
Drag racer slams into spectators in Texas; 2 children killedWebby - October 24, 2021
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A driver lost control during a Texas drag racing event on an airport runway and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two…
Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raidWebby - October 23, 2021
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who stayed on the run for more than a…