Who is Richard Williams' 'mystery son'? Troubled Chavoita LeSane is now dad's primary caregiver
Chavoita LeSane has reportedly faced civil, domestic relations and criminal proceedings as many as 61 times
Richard Williams, 79, is being cared for by a mystery son with a lengthy rap sheet after the tennis genius reportedly suffered two strokes. His health has been on the decline ever since 2016 and at present, he is completely reliant on his son with a criminal past. The news of Richard Williams' ailing health surfaced after tabloids reported about the Hollywood biopic 'King Richard' based on his life, starring Will Smith in the lead. The feature is inspired by his 2014 autobiography 'Black and White: The Way I See It'.
Court records revealed that Williams, who is hardly able to speak, has not given power of attorney to his daughters, but to Chavoita LeSane -- a son he had through a relationship that is unknown. Williams, who is 'incapacitated', is now under the care of the mystery son, who is acting as his interpreter.
Who is Chavoita LeSane?
Chavoita LeSane, 48, who lives in Atlanta, has a criminal record that dates back to 1998. He has reportedly faced civil, domestic relations, and criminal proceedings as many as 61 times, and five of these cases still remain open. LeSane, who is CEO of Florida-based music promotion company ChaVam, earlier helped in negotiating the deal for his father's 2014 memoir 'Black and White: The Way I See It' with publishing house Simon & Schuster. In the book's acknowledgment section, Williams wrote, "Chavoita LeSane, my son, who brought us all together and tirelessly kept this project alive when others would have faltered. He deserves great credit."
LeSane's relationship with his famous half-sisters is not clear. The sisters have combined to win 30 grand slam singles titles. The Williams sisters have bagged 0 Grand Slam titles individually, 14 Grand Slams together as doubles partners, and three Olympic gold medals.
LeSane was first charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant female in 1998. This case, however, was eventually dropped, Florida State records revealed. He was charged with battery again three years later and pleaded no contest. He was reported as a 'habitual offender' of traffic offenses in 2007 and given four years probation for driving with a suspended license. He has never been convicted but has been charged with disturbing the peace and brawling, several traffic felonies, resisting arrest, and domestic violence, over the years. Many of these cases were either 'dropped or abandoned'.
Richard III and Ronner, two other sons of Williams, also have criminal records, including gun and assault charges. The crimes even led to prison sentences. Before Venus, 41, and Serena, 40, were born, Williams had children with his first wife Betty Johnson before they divorced in 1973. His children with Johnson include Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka.
Williams eventually met Oracene Price, who had Yetunde, Isha, and Lyndrea from a previous marriage. The two married in 1980 and had Venus and Serena together before they divorced in 2001. In 2003, Yetunde was tragically shot and killed. With his third wife Lakeisha Graham, who he married in 2010, Williams had a son in 2012 -- Dylan Starr Richard Williams. Williams and Graham divorced in 2017. Lesane was given charge of Williams' estate while his father was fighting a divorce battle with Lakeisha.