Most shocking 'King Richard' revelations including how Serena & Venus were born after he hid wife's birth control pills

SERENA and Venus Williams were born after their dad Richard hid their mom's birth control pills.

The tennis stars' father – subject of a new biopic King Richard – made the frank admission in an interview in 1999.

After seeing players make thousands from one tournament Williams said he told his then wife Oracene that they needed "to make two more kids."

He added: "She didn't want to do it."

"So I used to take her out on dates, and I'd hide her birth-control pills. That's how Venus came," Williams told the Today show.

"With Serena, what I'd do with my wife when I'd take her out is make sure that she had her birth-control pills.

"I'd tell my buddy, 'You know we're from the ghetto, right? You just act like the worst Crip, and take her purse.'

"And I'd calm her down, and that's how Serena came," he added.

But that's not the only shocking revelation to have emerged from Serena and Venus' childhood.

In fact, Richard has been labelled "just a sperm donor" by his eldest daughter.

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Sabrina accused their father of not paying her mother child support, leaving her and her siblings to grow up in poverty.

She said her father was a serial philanderer who may have numerous secret sons and daughters across the US.


"He thinks he's the king of the world, but no one that's ever been around him thinks he's King Richard," she told The Sun in an exclusive interview. "It is an outrageous title, but to truth be told, it fits him.

"He's not the king of the world. If you look at him psychologically, it's something he's never achieved apart from in his head – he's lived only through two of his daughters forsaking all his other children. 

"Truth be told, those girls rose to the top while his other children had to suffer because of the choices my dad made, we were raised in poverty after he left."

Richard married Sabrina's late mom Betty Johnson in Los Angeles in the early 1960 and they had four other children together – Richard III, 56, Ronner, 55, Reluss, 54, and Reneeka, 49. 

But, when Sabrina was just eight, Richard allegedly dumped his wife and five kids – telling the little girl he was going to buy her a bike, but never returning.


And he has also been accused of making bigoted comments after Sports Illustrated said he allegedly said "Dr. Michael J. Goldstein, Rubenstein and Weinstein are in charge of collecting [raising] money from the Jews for me."

In 1999 he was suspected of breaking his then wife's ribs, but she protected him to save their daughter's careers.

A police report obtained by The Sun from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Florida details the alleged bust-up between Richard and Oracene, Serena and Venus's mom.

Years later, the National Enquirer published a denial from Richard after he was asked about assaulting his wife.

He claimed her injuries were caused by a jet-ski accident while he was away in Chicago, saying: "So far, I have only proven to be a good husband, I have a good wife and I am a good father."

But when asked about her injuries by a reporter for the tabloid, Oracene finally broke her silence, saying simply: "I don't jet-ski."


According to an article on, Oracene, now 69, also called 911 two years before the alleged incident when she thought her husband might shoot himself with a pellet gun.

Richard married second wife Oracene, Serena and Venus's mother, in 1980, but they divorced in 2002.

He is now going through his third divorce having married his much younger wife, Lakeisha Graham, who has also accused him of bad behavior in a series of bombshell court documents.

The Sun has reached out to Richard's lawyer for comment but did not hear back.

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