Sam Bankman-Fried’s ex-girlfriend Caroline Ellison confronted the disgraced crypto titan in court Tuesday — matter-of-factly telling jurors that he bears the blame for deciding to steal billions in FTX customer funds.
Ellison, 28, also set the record straight on why her on-and-off romance with the fallen crypto king, 31, ended — accusing him of being emotionally distant and not devoting enough attention to their relationship during their time living together in a $35 million Bahamas penthouse.
“There was a general theme that I sort of wanted more from our relationship,” Ellison told jurors. “I sort of felt like he was distant or not paying attention to me.”
The Stanford-educated math whiz disclosed that the pair first slept together in the fall of 2018, and went on to date for about a year, from summer 2020 to summer 2021.
During the entirely of the relationship, Bankman-Fried “was also my boss at work, which created some awkward situations,” Ellison testified.
Bankman-Fried — who was prone to crunching the numbers on every aspect of his life — bizarrely boasted while they were dating that there was a “5 percent chance that he’d become president some day,” Ellison told the court.