Police in Palm Beach Gardens are investigating an alleged burglary at the home of Venus Williams.
Reports show that $400,000 in property was taken from the tennis star’s BallenIsles Country Club home, but the list of items has not been released.
The burglary was documented on September 5. The same document says the home was “secured” on September 1, the day Venus’ sister Serena Williams gave birth to her first child, leaving the burglary to have occurred sometime between the two dates.
Williams, 37, was in New York participating in the U.S. Open at the time of the burglary.
The 10,000 square foot estate is located inside a gated community. There is no report of how the home was burglarized.
Venus Williams has reached 16 grand-slam tennis titles and won 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles with her sister Serena. She is ranked #5 in the world.
Last week, Williams entered a deposition in the wrongful death lawsuit brought about by the family of the man who died as a result of the June 9 crash involving Williams. The accident occurred while Williams was leaving her BallenIsles home. No charges were filed against Williams and police say she entered the intersection lawfully.
Venus Williams’ lawyer, Malcolm Cunningham told the press, “We deny that she [Williams] was distracted.”
The tennis star‘s legal team is ready to back up that claim by rendering the cellphone records from the time surrounding the accident which resulted in the death of Jerome Barson, 78, thirteen days later.
Williams is facing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of Barson, who was in the front passenger seat while his wife, Linda Barson was driving their Hyundai on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Authorities initially said that Williams was at fault for the accident on Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive, but then released reports saying that Williams entered the intersection legally. The Barsons also entered the intersection legally.
Williams has maintained her position that she had no alternative in stopping in the location due to a Nissan Altima which made a left turn in front of her. A video surveillance camera captured a portion of the accident which appears to confirm Williams’ recount.
Williams estimated speed was estimated at 5 mp, Mrs. Barson’s was estimated at 25 mph.
Legal representatives for Barson’s team suggest that the request for cellphone records, including passwords and protection from any tampering are routine in cases like these.
Williams, a Palm Beach Gardens resident who was not injured, released a statement following the crash including hat she was “devastated and heartbroken by this accident.”
Williams legal team has also requested records from Barson’s estate.
The data contained in “black boxes” from both vehicles has been evaluated and documented according to court orders.
We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.