A former Oracle. employee who dated CEO Larry Ellison is on trial this week for allegedly faking an email to use as evidence in her wrongful termination lawsuit.
Former administrative assistant Adelyn Lee, 33, and Oracle settled the civil lawsuit out of court for US$100,000 in 1993. As evidence in that case Lee presented an email purportedly sent from her boss to Ellison on April 22, 1993, that said: "I have fired Adelyn per your request."
Lee claimed she was fired five days after she refused to have sex with Ellison, whom she dated sporadically for a few years. But her former boss denies sending the email and the district attorney's office claims Lee faked it herself. In the criminal trial Lee is charged with perjury, falsifying evidence and computer network invasion.
The trial in San Mateo County Superior Court could end late next week, Deputy District Attorney Paul Wasserman says. Lee faces about six years in prison if convicted. Oracle settled the civil case with Lee for "business reasons," and to halt the annoyance of a lawsuit.
Ellison, 52, took the witness stand Monday and testified that Lee used to ask him for money and expensive gifts.
On the first day of the trial Friday, another former Oracle employee who used to date Ellison testified that Lee had suggested to her that the two could "get a million dollars each" as a result of their relations with Ellison, according to published reports.
Ellison "may have poor judgment for dating an employee, but the man is not stupid," Wasserman is quoted as saying in court. Ellison would not fire someone for personal reasons as he is accused of, because "that would be bad business."