KING Richard Williams’ divorce from his wife appears to be back in motion – just two months after she pumped the breaks citing her “sizzling sex life”.
Serena Williams’ father went through a messy breakup with stepmother Lakeisha until she dramatically ended the process on January 9 this year after a night of passion.
But now the bitter divorce appears to be back on track as Richard is suing Lakeisha for $1 million — and now she’s counterclaiming for legal fees and other “reliefs” that could total up to $500,000.
The couple have fallen out over their marital property in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., which former legendary tennis coach Richard says was passed on to Lakeisha for just $10 when she forged his signature on the title deeds.
She then spent $279,000 on a failed truck deal and the four-bedroom property was set to be auctioned off, but a Chapter 13 bankruptcy demand from Lakeisha delayed the sale.
Richard wants the money from the home sale plus attorney’s fees, but Lakeisha is denying all claims in the lawsuit, which was filed in US bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Florida.
She says the lawsuit should be dismissed and not tried in bankruptcy court because of their ongoing divorce proceedings, suggesting the couple still plans to separate permanently.
The Sun has reached out to Lakeisha’s lawyer for comment.
She also denies all of his claims that she forged his signature, but gave her the property “pursuant to a temporary alimony obligation and in advance of the equitable distribution of marital property,” according to the filing.
The 43-year-old – who is 37 years Richard’s junior – added that the home was given to their son Dylan, 10, as part of his maintenance obligations.
New court documents for the $1 million lawsuit read: “Lakeisha alleges that the property at issue in this lawsuit is conjugal property, and because the parties are currently parties to a Palm Beach County divorce proceeding, the bankruptcy court is not.” nor is the bankruptcy court the proper venue for these proceedings.
“The Plaintiff intended to transfer ownership to Lakeisha, the Defendant, [who] acted in accordance with the specific instructions of the plaintiff, with his knowledge, consent and consent.
“Plaintiff has in fact appointed Defendant Lakeisha as his attorney to effect the transfer of property to Defendant Lakeisha in accordance with his stated intent.
“The mortgage that is the subject of this lawsuit was placed on the property with plaintiff’s specific knowledge and consent, intentionally at his direction, to provide defendant Lakeisha with cash to start a business to generate support.
Years of feud
“Property was transferred in accordance with plaintiff’s instructions to satisfy [in part] its alimony and child support obligations in accordance with Florida law.
“Lakeisha Williams respectfully seeks a judgment denying the relief sought in the complaint and an award of attorneys’ fees, costs and such other remedies as the court finds equitable.”
Richard bought the property in 1995 for $355,000 with Serena’s mother, Oracene, before they divorced in 2002, and he kept the home as part of the separation agreement.
The legendary tennis coach, portrayed by Will Smith in the Hollywood biopic, has been at war with his wife for years, with Richard claiming in court that she arranged a debt restructuring by forging his signature and he ended up taking the place for only handed over ten dollars.
Lakeisha then approached “hard lender” David Simon for $279,000, which court records say she spent on her failed deal.
Richard says in court filings that instead of repaying Simon their money, which now totals $517,000 including interest, he is demanding that that amount, plus his legal fees, which could easily double it, surpass the one million mark.
In court documents, Richard’s attorney, Thomas Gruseck, states, “Defendant, Lakeisha Williams, by virtue of her wrongful acts set forth above, is wholly guilty of the encumbrance that reduces the net value of plaintiff’s affected property due to the mortgage in favor of David Simon.”
“The plaintiff has retained the undersigned attorney to pursue this claim and has promised to pay him a reasonable fee for his services. However, the plaintiff should not have to bear the costs to reverse the consequences of the defendant’s unlawful conduct, and attorneys’ fees and costs are part of a claim for common law damages.
“Judgment should be in favor of plaintiff against defendant Lakeisha Williams for the full amount required to repay the mortgage in favor of defendant David Simon, trustee.”
The Sun previously revealed that Richard now lives in a new house in the same town owned by her daughter Serena, who paid $815,000 for the one-story property in June 2015.
The location is perfect for Richard’s reported fragile condition, all on one floor and features four bedrooms and five bathrooms with over 4,160 square feet of space.
Despite claims he has an active sex life, his son was given power of attorney over his father, who is reportedly “disabled” after suffering two strokes, leaving him barely able to speak.
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