Lamar Odom may have taken out his frustration with tabloids on the paparazzi, as he destroyed a photographer’s car earlier this week. The confrontation occurred a day after reports emerged that the NBA star has been cheating on his wife for nearly a year. But who's the alleged mistress?
The woman has been identified as Jennifer Richardson, 29, the same age as Odom's wife of four years, Khloe Kardashian. Richardson met 33-year-old Odom at a strip club in Dallas in January 2012 when he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Star magazine reports, but it's unclear whether or not she's a stripper herself. The 6-foot-10-inch pro athlete now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.
When they first met, the pair had dinner in a private booth and Odom even rubbed her feet before they headed back to Odom's hotel around 3 a.m., sources told the magazine. Considering so much information is now leaked online via photos, the NBA player made sure to take apart her phone so there wouldn't be physical evidence of their interaction, sources added. Richardson states that the two didn't have sex, and at the end of the night, Odom gave her $3,000. But this reportedly wasn't the last time they would interact. At Christmastime later that year, he contacted her and the two had phone sex, according to the report.
On Wednesday, the NBA player lashed out at photographers, taking one paparazzi's tripod and hitting a car, while also throwing the cameraman's equipment into the street. He became angry after they repeatedly asked him about the cheating rumors. Intially Odom had replied, “I would never cheat on my wife; that's why I wear my wedding ring.” But after repeated questioning, he became irritated and destroyed the cameraman’s property.
Sources say the basketball player was kicked out of the mansion he shares with Kardashian after she found out he reportedly cheated on her with Richardson. The couple has been married since 2009.
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Despite the allegations, Kardashian came to her husband’s defense after Wednesday’s fiasco, saying on Twitter, “wow can’t believe a paparrazi snuck into our gated area and violated our private property!” She added, “Hehehe I just love my hubby :)” after a fellow Twitter user commented about her going on a rant.
In case you missed it, watch Odom trashing the photographer’s equipment below: