Serena Williams has reached out to the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after controversial comments were attributed to the tennis star in a Rolling Stone article earlier this week.
Williams had a 30-minute conversation with the victim, her mother and family lawyer Bob Fitzsimmons on the phone from England, where she is preparing for Wimbledon, according to Fitzsimmons.
“Serena was very nice, very sincere and it was a very well-received conversation among two women and a young lady,” the attorney said Thursday.
In the article, which first appeared on the magazine's website Tuesday, Williams was quoted as saying such things as "She shouldn't have put herself in that position" about the victim and "Do you think it's fair, what they got?" about the two football players convicted of raping the 16-year-old girl.
Williams apologized Wednesday in a statement on her website and said she always has and will continue to fight for women's rights.