Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is set to attend a hearing after being accused of leaking personal writings of his ex-girlfriend and business partner, Caroline Ellison, to the New York Times. The US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has requested both parties to be prepared to revisit the conditions of Bankman-Fried’s bail.
Bankman-Fried has been accused of witness tampering by allegedly giving the New York Times access to Ellison’s writings in an attempt to interfere with a fair trial. In response, the New York Times published an article titled “Inside the Private Writings of Caroline Ellison, Star Witness in the FTX Case.” The article reportedly reveals diary entries that express Ellison’s emotional state and doubts about her ability to run the business.
Ellison herself has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges and is expected to be a witness in the case against Bankman-Fried. Bankman-Fried, on the other hand, has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors argue that Bankman-Fried selectively shared private documents with the New York Times in order to discredit Ellison and advance his defense through the press.
To prevent influencing the jury pool and deterring other potential trial witnesses, prosecutors are seeking to limit Bankman-Fried’s ability to make public statements. This move aims to ensure a fair trial for all parties involved.
As of now, representatives for Bankman-Fried, the New York Times, and Ellison have not commented on the matter. It remains to be seen how the hearing will unfold and the impact it will have on the FTX case. Stay tuned for further developments on this ongoing legal saga.
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