Venus Williams, 2017
It was the scandal that wasn’t – earlier this year, former women’s number one Venus Williams was accused of causing a car crash that resulted in the death of a passenger in the car she hit. But weeks later she was cleared of responsibility.
On June 9, Venus was driving her SUV through an intersection in Florida, when another car collided with Venus’ vehicle.
Seventy-eight-year-old passenger Jerome Barson suffered serious injuries and died in hospital two weeks later, leaving an uninjured Venus distraught.
“There are really no words to describe how devastating it is – I’m completely speechless,” Venus said at a press conference at Wimbledon a few days after the crash.
Venus was initially accused of running a red light and was sued for wrongful death by the estate of the deceased. However, CCTV evidence came to light that proved the tennis star was “driving legally” and she was cleared of any wrongdoing.