In a court filing on Friday, prosecutors said that Bankman-Fried had leaked private writings from his former girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, to a New York Times reporter. Ellison is expected to testify against Bankman-Fried at his trial in October, on charges of fraud and market manipulation.
Prosecutors said that Bankman-Fried’s actions were “an effort to discredit and intimidate a witness” and that they “pose a serious risk of interfering with the fair administration of justice.”
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers have denied the allegations, calling them “baseless.” They said that Bankman-Fried had shared the writings with the reporter in order to “set the record straight” about his relationship with Ellison.
The judge who is overseeing the case, Lewis A. Kaplan, has not yet ruled on the prosecutors’ request to jail Bankman-Fried.