‘Concerned Citizen’ At Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ Trial Turns Out To Be Family

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Bill Evans (center), the father of Billy Evans, Elizabeth Holmes’ partner, accompanies Holmes into a federal courthouse in San Jose, Calif., for the start of her federal fraud trial.

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Bill Evans, father to Elizabeth Holmes’ partner Billy Evans, stands in line, wearing a baseball cap, outside of the federal courthouse in San Jose ahead of her fraud trial.

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«No journalist has ever told the real story about her,» he said. «Everyone is just copy and pasting each others’ stories without thinking.»

Opening arguments in the trial began one week later. Holmes walked into the courthouse surrounded by her family members. And among the entourage was Hanson.

He had lost the puffer jacket and baseball cap. Instead, he wore a gray suit and a somber black tie.

«I couldn’t believe my eyes,» said New York Times reporter Erin Griffith. «I immediately started asking other reporters, and they were like, ‘I think it was him,’ and when we got inside and saw him even closer, it was like, ‘Yep that was him.’ «

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Even before his unmasking, Bill Evans (right), with Elizabeth Holmes, had left some clues for reporters that he was not a car enthusiast just crossing off his bucket list item of attending a trial.

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When Bill Evans, aka Hanson, told reporters he was a car aficionado, that part was true. Evans (left), with son Billy, drives his 1905 Pope Toledo Type IV Roi des Belges Tonneau onto the 18th green at The Lodge at Pebble Beach in 2015.

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When Bill Evans, aka Hanson, told reporters he was a car aficionado, that part was true. Evans (left), with son Billy, drives his 1905 Pope Toledo Type IV Roi des Belges Tonneau onto the 18th green at The Lodge at Pebble Beach in 2015.

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«I just didn’t fully buy that he didn’t know more about Theranos or Elizabeth Holmes in some capacity, because he wasn’t elaborating on those questions,» said Sara Ashley O’Brien, a reporter with CNN. «He claimed to go by ‘Hanson,’ but he had a different name on his Starbucks cup.»

The cup he was holding said Bill or Billy, not Hanson, she recalls.

She also remembered noticing his shoes: pricey Salvatore Ferragamo loafers.

«Quite fancy shoes for a random man attending a trial,» she said.

Before his true identity was revealed, Evans shared an elevator ride with reporters covering the trial.

«Are you a mole?» I asked him point-blank.

He joked about having a mole on his bald head. The conversation veered off course.

Before this, CNBC’s Khorram had followed him out of the courtroom to ask whether he was paying for the lush Silicon Valley estate where his son and Holmes are staying. He ignored her.

«And then I said, ‘Why did you tell us your name was Hanson?’ Khorram said. «And he booked it for the men’s restroom.»

Evans responds: ‘People have nicknames’

Over the course of his interactions with reporters, he mixed truths with untruths.

For instance, he talked about having recently spent time in Tanzania with his family, a trip confirmed through social media posts documenting the Evans clan soaking up what appears to be a safari-esque resort in the East African country.

«It’s too ironic,» said Griffith of the Times. «That Elizabeth Holmes is on trial for fraud and the media has this whole two days of interaction with someone who was misrepresenting themselves from her extended family.»

When reached by phone about why he offered a fake name and hid his connection to Holmes, Evans said he has no memory of sitting next to me for seven hours during the first day of jury selection. He did not deny his telling reporters his name was «Hanson.» Instead, he defended it.

«People have nicknames and you can be free to use them,» Evans said. «On that note, I’ll say goodbye.»

Evans did not return additional calls.

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