The 37-year-old tennis star broke down during a Wimbledon press conference on Monday, where she was asked about an auto accident she was involved last month in that claimed the life of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old Florida man.
"I'm completely speechless," the 5-time Wimbledon winner said before trailing off, and getting visibly distraught.
"Before we take any further questions, please be aware she's unable to say anything more about this," a man speaking to Williams's right interjected after her emotional pause. "So we'd ask you to respect her wishes please."
Williams left the press conference in tears shortly after.
CBS News reports that an attorney representing Barson has filed a lawsuit against Williams, after the Palm Beach Gardens police released a report suggesting that Williams was at fault for the accident.
Williams' attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, told ET in a statement that Williams, "entered the intersection on a green light" when Mrs. Barson crashed into her. "Authorities did not issue Ms. Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."