Venus Williams has agreed to be deposed in the wrongful death suit filed by the family of the 78-year-old man killed in the June crash in Palm Beach Gardens involving the tennis star DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
Just days ago, the case took a nasty turn as new court documents revealed the tennis star was refusing to respond to a deposition date.
Attorneys for the estate of Jerome Barson, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene said Venus' legal team had been contacted numerous times since July but never got a response. They had asked the judge to get involved.an answer- so now they want the judge to get involved.
But now, the court has been advised that Venus has filed a Notice of Availability and will be deposed by the Basron family's counsel.
Jerome was 78-years-old when he died as a result of his injuries after the collision with Venus' car. His wife Linda was driving at the time of the accident and was injured but survived.
The Barson estate is asking for a judge to compel Venus to give a deposition date.
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Venus Williams has finally agreed to be deposed in the wrongful death suit filed against her by an attorney for the family of Jerome Barson who was killed in the crash
According to an attorney for Jerome Barson who died in a fatal car accident in June (left, with his wife Linda Barson) Venus has dodged requests dating back to July for a date to be deposed in the wrongful death case against her
Last week, Venus filed documents that said another driver who escaped unscathed is at least partly to blame for the accident.
In that court filing the 37-year-old tennis star says there was a third driver in a dark colored sedan who drove away from the scene unscathed.
The sedan was heading in the opposite direction and that violated her right of way by cutting in front in her in the intersection to make a left turn.
Venus says that other driver's 'improper left hand turn' made her slow down to avoid hitting the sedan, which effectively left her hanging in the intersection.
Seconds later Linda Barson t-boned Venus' SUV. Barson's husband Jerome later died from his injuries sustained in the accident.
Venus says if she's at all at fault, the unidentified sedan driver should at least share in the blame.
A police report initially said Venus was to blame for the crash because she turned left into the Barson's path and that they had the legal right of way when they slammed into her.
But investigators later said she entered the intersection on a green light and was forced to stop because another car cut in front of her, according to security camera footage.
The Barsons' Hyundai after the collision with Williams is pictured. The car was totaled
Williams turned over cellphone records to attorneys representing the family of