Venus Williams broke down in tears during a Wimbledon press conference Monday, when asked about the fatal car crash she was involved in that left a 78-year-old man dead.
The No. 10 seed, who defeated Elise Mertens, is being sued for wrongful death by Jerome Barson’s family, according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
“I am completely speechless and it’s just,” Williams said before pausing and briefly shaking her head in apparent disbelief.
“I mean, I’m just…” she continued, before stopping to cry.
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That’s when the moderator jumped in to briefly stop the press conference. The tennis star left before returning to answer a few questions about her win.
On Friday, Williams wrote that she was “devastated” and “heartbroken” in a Facebook post.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” the athlete continued.
Williams was reportedly at fault for violating the right of way, according to a police report, while a lawyer for Williams said she was driving 5 mph at the time of the accident and that she wasn’t issued any citations or traffic violations.
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No charges have been filed against Williams by the Palm Beach Garden Police.
She will now face Qiang Wang in the second round at Wimbledon.