Serena Williams’ stepmother was a stripper in Miami who didn’t want King Richard’s son to marry him before the divorce

‘KING Richard’ Williams’ estranged wife worked as a stripper in Miami and his son didn’t want him to marry her before their bitter divorce battle began, The US Sun can reveal.

The tennis patriarch – who coached daughters Serena and Venus Williams into sports legends – is desperate to finalize his split from ex Lakeisha Graham.

Richard Williams vowed never to date again after splitting from his estranged wife Lakeisha Graham


Richard Williams vowed never to date again after splitting from his estranged wife Lakeisha GrahamPhoto credit: John Chapple for The US Sun
The couple attended SiriusXM Studios in New York in 2014 during happier times


The couple attended SiriusXM Studios in New York in 2014 during happier timesPhoto credit: Getty

The couple met at a tennis tournament in 2010 and Richard was immediately intrigued by her, saying he found her attractive and wanted to pursue a relationship.

While he doesn’t want to discuss Lakeisha’s past or her struggles amid the protracted legal battle, his son Chavoita LeSane has confirmed that she was a stripper.

“Once I realized who Lakeisha was, I wasn’t really concerned because my father is a grown man. I mean, we all make our own choices in life,” he said.

“So I felt like that was his decision, not mine. So I felt like he was fully aware of his decision and it was his decision.

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“I thought he was in full control of what was going on.

“As far as I’ve learned that Lakeisha was a stripper, dancer or whatever, I never look down on anyone, whatever their job or life, career or goals. It never bothered me.

“The only thing I wanted to make sure of was that you are a great person [for] my father, that was all that interested me.

“It’s quite difficult to remember when I first met Keisha. All I know is that Lakeisha was a thorn in my side. But in the beginning my father was very much in love with Keisha. And she seemed very taken with my father.”

But Chavoita, a music and film producer, admits friends warned him about Lakeisha’s behavior and he was worried she wasn’t a good fit for his ailing father.

A second source revealed that Lakeisha, 44, who is 37 years Richard’s junior, worked under the name Angel at a club called Rolexx in Miami.

The US Sun has contacted several of Lakeisha Williams’ attorneys but has received no response.

In court documents seen by The US Sun, Richard has accused Lakeisha of cashing his Social Security checks and transferring her home and vehicles into her name.

When asked if he thought she was a gold digger, Chavoita said, “I don’t know what her intentions were to begin with, but it doesn’t look right in my opinion.

“Honestly, I never thought my father would marry Lakeisha.

“Lakeisha had asked him several times, she gave him ultimatums and didn’t want to see him anymore.”

Chavoita said he was worried but his father wouldn’t listen to him and followed his heart and tied the knot to Lakeisha in a secret ceremony.

Court documents show that Lakeisha referred to herself as a “dancer” during their feud over their marital home.

Frail Richard has spoken to The US Sun in a series of revealing interviews in which he claimed his spouse stole a bus and other vehicles before forging his signature on mortgage documents.

This led to ex-club dancer Lakeisha taking out a $279,000 home loan from “hard lender” David Simon, which she squandered on a disastrous truck deal and never paid back.


Simon and Richard have been pursuing Lakeisha in a six-year legal battle, with the former demanding the sale of the four-bed home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to pay off his debts, which total over $600,000, including legal fees and interest .

Richard and son Chavoita Lesane claim they will soon be filing their own elder abuse lawsuit while collecting filings together.

The US Sun has dug through dozens of court documents revealing the full extent of how Richard lost the home the Williams family had owned since 1995, when he bought it in 1995 with Oracene, mother of tennis champion Serena, for US$355,000. bought dollars.

Lakeisha first began forging Richard’s signature to transfer ownership of his vehicles, which were then sold without his knowledge.

She admitted under oath that she sold his $46,000 1999 Bluebird RV with an accomplice, Brandy Clark.

On October 2, 2016, Lakeisha forged Richard’s signature to give Clark a power of attorney, who was then authorized to sell the car without Richard’s consent.

Lakeisha admitted meeting Clark at the club where she was a dancer, telling the court, “I think I met her at that point to see her at the club.”

She claimed she “stole” the bus because Richard left her and her son Dylan, ten, starving and said: “Mainly I was broke from my husband [who] didn’t help me.

“He left me, him and Chavoita. It was my son and I didn’t get any money so I had to sell it so I could eat and my son could eat.”

Richard’s legal team couldn’t hide their amazement at Lakeisha’s statement the next turn of events, when she forged his signature on the title deeds of his own home to borrow hundreds of thousands from Simon.

In her statement, she admits that she wanted to borrow money to set up a trucking business because “trucks run in my family – my grandfather had his own tractor”.


That was after he saw Simon’s Volvo truck for sale but he wanted title deeds as security before selling it to her and lending her more money.

Lakeisha, who also says she’s an “entertainer,” claimed Richard “said he’d give me $300,000” — and in the past they’d borrowed money, used the house as collateral, and then paid it back.

It is not known what Lakeisha does for a living now, but she receives some money from her ex to take care of their son Dylan.

Chavoita said: “You actually have joint custody of Dylan, my father and Lakeisha.

“My dad is like a super dad and at the moment they seem to be raising Dylan well together, he’s a happy little boy.”

But he insisted they are still collecting documents for a new filing and hope to challenge Lakeisha again in court over the money she allegedly stole from Richard.

Chavoita says he hasn’t spoken to her directly in a while, but she’s been yelling and texting him about the legal battle for the past several years.

“My father’s only problem now is that he has a hard time communicating,” Chavoita added.

“Sometimes he can say no when he means yes. It’s the aftermath of the beating.

“But he’s super happy, his energy, his smile is contagious.”

Though Richard says he sworn off women after his experience with Lakeisha, Chavoita hopes to find love again as he ages.

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“I think my dad is a romantic,” he said.

“He writes poetry all the time. I think my dad loves being in love, so there’s no telling what might happen.”

Court documents show Lakeisha (pictured) referred to herself as a


Court documents show Lakeisha (pictured) referred to herself as a “dancer.”Credit: Facebook
Serena Williams' debt-ridden stepmother is seen in a rare Facebook photo


Serena Williams’ debt-ridden stepmother is seen in a rare Facebook photoCredit: Facebook
The couple is feuding over their marital home


The couple is feuding over their marital homeCredit: Adam Gray/SWNS for The US Sun Serena Williams’ stepmother was a stripper in Miami who didn’t want King Richard’s son to marry him before the divorce


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