76-year-old Richard Williams, the father of American tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after he failed to give ‘coherent answers’ during a deposition amid his bitter divorce battle.
According to court documents, Richard had ‘great difficulty making himself understood’ and ‘appeared to misinterpret many of the questions posed to him.’
The deposition was reportedly postponed after attorneys for both parties agreed Williams should be evaluated to prove he can provide competent testimony.
The former tennis coach filed for divorce against his 38-year-old estranged wife Lakeisha last June, accusing her of stealing his social security checks including a $152,000-mortgage from an associate, David Simon, after forging his writing and signature to transfer property into his name.
In response, Lakeisha claimed that Richard threw her out of their Florida home, which was owned by Serena, and that the tennis star’s legal team fired off demand letters ‘requesting she and [her] child vacate the home and threatened to change the locks.’
She and Simon also denied the claims, saying the signature is genuine, and Simon is now trying to get the issue tossed out of court.
According to the report, Serena, who was defeated at the Wimbledon final last weekend, could be called as a witness in the case if asked by her father.