Venus Williams Faces Lawsuit Over Car Accident
Tennis player Venus Williams is facing a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in an accident involving the star.
The family of Jerome Barson, 78, is suing Williams over the accident, according to ESPN. He died two weeks after the crash, after suffering head injuries.
Michael Steinger, the attorney, told “Good Morning America” that the family is attempting to force police to release evidence of the early June 2017 accident. They claim it hasn’t been handed to them.
Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV went into an intersection in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, and the driver of the other car, Linda Barson, said she couldn’t stop her vehicle in time to prevent the accident. Jerome Barson, her husband, was a passenger.
“At this point we are attempting to both preserve the evidence and gain access to evidence,” Steinger said on the program.
Meanwhile, he added, “There were video cameras placed at guard houses where Ms. Williams lives; police have refused after multiple requests to turn those over to us, and we would like to see visual portrayal of the accident on those videos. They have impounded all the vehicles and have impeded our ability to do our investigation and move forward. Not sure what their reasoning is. They have refused to turn them over to us at this point.”
Williams issued a statement on the matter.
“This is an unfortunate accident, and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” Williams’ attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, told ESPN.