King Richard live updates – Serena and Venus Williams’ half-sister still wants relationship with stars after dad left

RICHARD Williams has found himself in the spotlight again with the release of a new film chronicling the rise of Venus and Serena, and some of his family is speaking out.

His estranged daughter, Sabrina Williams, has said she hopes to one day have a relationship with her tennis star sisters.

“I love all my siblings, including Venus and Serena, but does it hurt that they haven’t got in touch? Yeah, you bet it does. They know I exist. I’m his firstborn, he left us, but no one remembers that in the Williams story.”

The new film, King Richard, is based on the tennis superstars’ early years and how their father pushed them to become sporting legends.

Will Smith stars as Richard, while Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidley portray Serena and Venus respectively. portrays Serena, Saniyya Sidney portrays Venus.

Richard has been a controversial figure through the years, with some crediting him with coaching them to success, while others have been more critical.

His estranged daughter, Sabrina, also claims that he is “was a serial philanderer” who has over a dozen children, many of whom he allegedly does not speak to.

Read our King Richard live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • WHO IS ORACENE PRICE?

    Born April 3, 1952 Price, 69, is known as an American tennis coach and is the mother of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.

    Prior to becoming a household name, the Michigan native attended Buena Vista High School and went on to obtain a degree at Western Michigan University.

    While many people believe that Serena and Venus’ father, Richard Williams, is responsible for training the girls, their mother also played an important role and had taught herself tennis before reportedly helping her daughters with the technical aspects of the game.

  • KING RICHARD BIOPIC SHOWS WILLIAMS FAMILY’S JOURNEY TO THE TOP

    The biopic reveals the racism, violence and hardship the Williams family had to overcome to get to the top of what has traditionally been a sport for wealthy white people.

    Richard was beaten up by gangs in Compton in Los Angeles when he tried to defend his daughters.

    And he faced down social services who were worried about his two girls training for hours on a potholed court.

  • RICHARD PUSHED VENUS AND SERENA TO THE LIMIT, FILM SHOWS

    Venus and Serena were pushed to the limit by their dad’s punishing regime on the way to world domination of women’s tennis, the new movie shows.

    It includes Richard smashing up bottles on the back of the court to stop the then schoolgirls from stepping too far back when playing.

  • WHAT HAS WILL SMITH SAID ABOUT HIS ROLE IN KING RICHARD?

    Reflecting on his role playing Richard, actor Will Smith said this week: “[He] is a very difficult and a very complicated character.

    “This is a film about family, about faith. It’s a film about big dreams, you’d have to be a Grinch to walk out of this film and not be inspired.”

  • WHAT IS THE KING RICHARD MOVIE?

    The movie King Richard will show how a man with no background in the sport and very limited financial resources, guided his daughters to unprecedented success.

    The biopic, which opened last Friday, reveals the racism, violence and hardship the Williams family had to overcome.

    And it details just how “complicated” of a man three times married Richard is, according to Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith.

  • SERENA AND VENUS ‘HAD TO SEE FILM BEFORE PUTTING THEIR NAMES ON IT’

    Speaking on the The Graham Norton Show, Will Smith said: “They said they would see us through the process and exec produce, but they wanted to see the movie before they decided if they would put their names to it.”

    “It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were a mess with tears, and they loved it. I had made the mistake of watching Ali for the first time while sitting behind Muhammad Ali and mid-way through the movie, he turned to his wife and said, ‘Was I that crazy?'”

  • SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS LISTED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

    Serena and Venus Williams were listed as executive producers of the film, King Richard.

    The sisters watched the movie before deciding to put their names on it.

  • WHAT IS RICHARD WILLIAMS’ NET WORTH?

    As of 2021, Richard has an estimated net worth of $10million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

  • WHERE CAN YOU WATCH KING RICHARD?

    King Richard, a movie that premiered Friday, November 19, 2021, can be viewed in theaters by purchasing tickets on fandango.com and on HBO Max.

    Regarding the movie’s availability on HBO Max, you will need to sign up for a subscription on their website.

    The movie is also available on the app stores of popular platforms such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and other internet streaming providers.

    Also, you can also view the streaming service on several devices such as on an Xbox, a Playstation 4, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast.

  • IS VENUS WILLIAMS MARRIED?

    Venus Williams is not married, and never has been.

    For the 41-year-old athlete, marriage isn’t a priority – she, however, is.

    According to her October 2021 cover story for Cosmopolitan magazine, Venus enjoys her freedom and doesn’t feel the need to subject herself to societal pressures when it comes to marriage.

    “I have a lot of friends who don’t believe me when I say that I like my life and I don’t want to change it for any reason. I’m not desperate and they don’t believe me,” she said during the interview.

    “They say things like, ‘You’re going to miss your window.’ I’m like, ‘Please, relax. You might feel this way, but I don’t. I promise you I don’t.’”

  • WHO IS VENUS WILLIAMS, CONTINUED

    At the 2000 Olympics, Venus took home the gold medal with singles and again alongside Serena in the doubles competition.

    Venus has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, but didn’t let that stop her from continuing to play.

    After switching to a vegan diet and giving herself more recovery days, Venus proved to continue to be successful.

    She has been named among the most powerful women in America, and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University East in 2015.

  • WHO IS VENUS WILLIAMS?

    Born on June 17, 1980, Venus Williams grew up in California, just outside of Compton.

    By the age of 14, Venus had become a professional tennis player. She learned how to play on the courts of Los Angeles, and had a serve of over 100mph at the age of ten.

    In the year 2000, she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, earning herself a $40million contract with Reebok.

    Her sister, Serena, was born a year after she was – in 1981.

    The two grew up playing tennis together, and credit each other with helping to shape their individual careers.

  • SABRINA WILLIAMS ‘HOPES FOR MEETING WITH SERENA AND VENUS’

    Despite resentment towards her father, Sabrina says that she loves her siblings and hopes to one day have a relationship with them.

    “I love all my siblings, including Venus and Serena, but does it hurt that they haven’t got in touch? Yeah, you bet it does. They know I exist. I’m his firstborn, he left us, but no one remembers that in the Williams story.

    “I hope this will open the doors to a meeting,” Sabrina concluded.

  • RICHARD’S DAUGHTER RECALLS HOW HE LEFT HER FAMILY

    While speaking with The Sun, Sabrina Williams recalled a time where her father told her he would go out to buy her a bike, but never returned.

    “I was eight when my dad left and said he was getting a bike for me and that’s the last I saw of him,” she said.

    “My mom told me later that he’s never coming back. We went from having everything to nothing. The best dresses, parties, we’d go places. Now there was no new shoes or clothes. I thought I was dad’s favorite and he loved me to death.

    “But once he left, within a year, we became very poor. There wasn’t always meals on the table. We went downhill. My mom became stressed out with six kids, trying to provide for us, she became aggressive.”

  • RICHARD WILLIAMS’ MORTGAGE DRAMA WITH EX

    Richard Williams, 79, claims that estranged spouse Lakeisha, 42, forged his signature to transfer their West Palm Beach property into her name and borrow from “hard lender” David Simon, according to court documents seen by The Sun.

    In June, Judge Donald Hafele ruled in Simon’s favor and the couple were held jointly liable. A foreclosure auction for the property has now been set for February 21 next year at 10am. 

    It was Richard who brought the case to court four years ago against his estranged spouse and Simon, but The Sun can exclusively reveal he has now been forced to agree to the settlement.

    It means losing the house, which he originally bought with tennis legends Serena and Venus’ mother Oracene for $355,000 in 1995.

  • IS RICHARD WILLIAMS MARRIED?

    Although he has been married three times, Williams is not currently married. 

    Williams was first married to Betty Johnson from 1965 to 1973, whom he met after relocating to California.

    Before their divorce in 1973, they had five children together: Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka. 

    In Williams’ second marriage to Oracene Price in 1980, the pair had Venus and Serena.

    Amid marrying, they moved to Compton, California.

    However, Price and Williams divorced in 2002.

    For his third marriage, Williams married a woman named Lakeisha Juanita Graham in 2010.

    In 2012, Wiliams and Graham had their first child, Dylan, but divorced five years after his birth.

  • SUN REQUESTS COMMENT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS

    “The complainant stated because both of her daughters’ careers and their high profile claimed this incident would hurt them, and again I explained the domestic violence cycle,” he continued.

    “It is highly suspected by myself that Ms. Williams may have been assaulted by either her spouse and/or another family member, however, she remained adamant at not talking to me any further.”

    The Sun has reached out to the Williams family, including Richard’s lawyer, for comment but did not hear back.

  • KING RICHARD SUSPECTED OF BREAKING WIFE’S RIBS: ‘I AM FEARFUL’

    “I explained to the two daughters that domestic violence is a serious crime and needs to be placed in check and the perpetrator as well as the victim both need help,” Enstrom added.

    “In my attempts to urge the daughters to cooperate, Serena stated if she had seen something, she would have reported it to me, However, Venus was adamant it was not the mother’s wish to say anything more and remained silent.”

    Enstrom was advised the only other person living at the property besides the mother and her two daughters was Richard Williams.

    However, Serena and Venus said they did not believe he was home at the time.

    “I again spoke to Ms. Williams and urged her to be forthright with me as to what had occurred. Ms. Williams stated to me, ‘I know you know what happened, but I am fearful for my daughters’ careers,'” he wrote in the bombshell report.

  • ‘KING RICHARD’ SUSPECTED OF BREAKING WIFE’S RIBS, CONTINUED

    “I explained to Ms. Williams that it was the obligation of the medical personnel to contact law enforcement agency whenever suspected domestic violence occurs,” he continued.

    “At this point, I questioned Ms. Williams as to what happened and she stated she hurt her wrist. I asked her where this occurred, and she stated it was at her house [in Palm Beach Gardens].”

    “When I asked what happened again, she stated she hurt herself. She then stated later she was hurt by someone, but she would not reveal the identity of the perpetrator.”

  • ‘KING RICHARD’ SUSPECTED OF BREAKING WIFE’S RIBS

    The father of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams – being portrayed by Will Smith in the new movie King Richard – was suspected of breaking his wife’s ribs, but she protected him to save their daughter’s careers.

    A police report obtained by The Sun from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida details the alleged bust-up between Richard and his then-wife Oracene, Serena and Venus’s mom.

    Police were called at 2.34pm on February 7, 1999 and Officer Larry Enstrom detailed how he met with Richard’s wife at Columbia Hospital where she was being treated.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with hospital personnel, who stated a black female by the name of Oracene Williams had taken herself to the E.R for treatment to what is believed to be a battery,” he wrote in the report.

    “I spoke to Ms Williams and in doing so, I was met with passive resistance to any questions I asked.”

    “Ms Williams stated she did not wish to report any information to the police, nor did she request them.”

  • WHAT HAS WILL SMITH SAID ABOUT HIS ROLE IN KING RICHARD?

    Reflecting on his role playing Richard, actor Will Smith said this week: “[He] is a very difficult and a very complicated character.”

    “This is a film about family, about faith. It’s a film about big dreams, you’d have to be a Grinch to walk out of this film and not be inspired.”

  • RICHARD PUSHED VENUS AND SERENA TO THE LIMIT, FILM SHOWS

    Venus and Serena were pushed to the limit by their dad’s punishing regime on the way to world domination of women’s tennis, the new movie shows.

    It includes Richard smashing up bottles on the back of the court to stop the then schoolgirls from stepping too far back when playing.

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO YETUNDE PRICE?

    Serena and Venus’ older half-sister on their mother’s side was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in 2003 in Compton, California.

    She was 31 years old.

  • VENUS & SERENA WANTED TO APPROVE FILM

    King Richard star Will Smith explained that the Williams sisters wanted to see the film before they put their names on it during an appearance on The Graham Norton show.

    “They said they would see us through the process and exec produce, but they wanted to see the movie before they decided if they would put their names to it,” Smith said.

    “It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were a mess with tears, and they loved it.”

  • SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS LISTED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

    Serena and Venus Williams were listed as executive producers of the film, King Richard.

    The sisters watched the movie before deciding to put their names on it.

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