Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, in poor health

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Richard Williams, who coached his tennis superstar daughters and is the subject of a Hollywood biopic starring Will Smith, is in declining health, enmeshed in a messy divorce and being cared for by a son with a criminal past.

The son, Chavoita Lesane, 48, has been involved in dozens of criminal proceedings over the last 23 years, according to public records and a report in The Sun newspaper.

Chavoita Lesane (center) seen with his father, Richard Williams (left) in an Instagram post on October 9, 2021.
Chavoita Lesane (center) seen with his father, Richard Williams in an Instagram post on October 9, 2021.
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Portrait of Richard Williams at Rancho Cienega Park.
Richard Williams will be portrayed by actor Will Smith in the upcoming movie, “King Richard”.
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Lesane has power of attorney over Williams, 79, who is going through a protracted divorce from his wife Lakeisha, 41. The proceedings began in 2017. The couple married in 2010 and have a young son, Dylan, born in 2012.

In 2014, Williams penned the autobiography “Black and White: The Way I See It” which details how he coached his daughters Venus and Serena Williams to become tennis superstars.

Richard Williams with his daughters Serena (left) and Venus (right) at a tennis camp in Florida in 1992.
Richard Williams with his daughters Serena (left) and Venus at a tennis camp in Florida in 1992.
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Serena (left) and Venus Williams have not commented on the ailing condition of their father, Richard.
Serena and Venus Williams have not commented on the ailing condition of their father, Richard.
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Richard Williams with his daughters Venus (left) and Serena (right) in Compton, California in 1991.
Richard Williams with his daughters Venus (left) and Serena in Compton, California in 1991.
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Serena Williams (left) celebrates her Evert Cup final victory with her sister Venus (right) and father Richard (center) in Indian Wells, California on March 13, 1999.
Serena Williams (left) celebrates her Evert Cup final victory with her sister Venus and father Richard in Indian Wells, California on March 13, 1999.
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Williams, whose health has been in decline since suffering a stroke in 2016, has increasingly relied on his son, who now lives in Atlanta, according to his Facebook page. Lesane’s Instagram account features recent photographs of Williams, who appears frail. Williams also suffers from a neurological disorder that affects his ability to speak.

In addition to multiple traffic infractions, Lesane has been charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman in 1998 although the case was later dropped, according to Florida court records.

Richard Williams is seen at the Sony Open Tennis at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida on March 25, 2014.
Richard Williams is seen at the Sony Open Tennis at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida on March 25, 2014.
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Richard Williams coached his daughters, Serena and Venus, at the 2001 All England Lawn tennis championships in Wimbledon.
Richard Williams coached his daughters, Serena and Venus at the 2001 All England Lawn tennis championships in Wimbledon.
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Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the premiere of "King Richard" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 14, 2021.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the premiere of “King Richard” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 14, 2021.
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He was charged with battery in 2001, and entered a not guilty plea. He was sentenced to four years probation for driving with a suspended license in 2007.

Lesane could not be reached for comment.

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