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Lawyer: Stiviano 'saddened' over Sterling ban

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:38 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> V. Stiviano, the woman whom Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks, is "very saddened" by his lifetime NBA ban, and she didn't release the recording of their conversation, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Stiviano "never wanted any harm to Donald," Siamak Nehoray of Calabasas told the Los Angeles Times.

Somebody released it "for money," but it wasn't Stiviano, the attorney said.

"My client is devastated that this got out," he said.

Nehoray previously said the recording posted online is a snippet of a conversation lasting roughly an hour.

In the recording, the Los Angeles Clippers owner apparently is upset with Stiviano for posting photos online of herself with Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" Sterling asks.

The Johnson photo has since been deleted from Stiviano's Instagram account.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver condemned the remarks. He banned Sterling for life from any association with the league or his team, and Silver fined him $2.5 million.

Stiviano has been described as Sterling's girlfriend.

In March, Sterling's wife, Rochelle, sued Stiviano, seeking the return of more than $2.5 million in lavish gifts the woman allegedly received from her husband, including luxury cars and a $1.8 million duplex.

The lawsuit claims Stiviano, 31, met Sterling, 80, at the 2010 Super Bowl.

It accuses Stiviano of engaging "in conduct designed to target, befriend, seduce, and then entice, cajole, borrow from, cheat and/or receive as gifts transfers of wealth from wealthy older men whom she targets for such purpose."

Stiviano's attorney has filed documents to dismiss many of the accusations and denies that she took advantage of Sterling, describing him as having an "iron will" and being one of the world's shrewdest businessmen.

Nehoray told the Times that Stiviano and Sterling didn't have a romantic relationship.

"It's nothing like it's been portrayed," the lawyer said. "She's not the type of person everyone says."

She was a hard-working waitress and did volunteer work helping crime victims before becoming an "archivist" for Sterling, he said.

"She had no association with any rich people before this," he said.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Stiviano was a volunteer with its Victim-Witness Assistance Program in 2010 and 2011, the Times said.

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KonaWarrior wrote:
So has it ever been determined who was the one who made the recordings? I somehow get the impression that Stiviano had a lot to do with it and her plan blew up in her face.
on April 29,2014 | 06:32PM
Cipher wrote:
I think it worked as she planed it to. Upset over her "gifts" being taken away and being sued, she got her "revenge."
on April 30,2014 | 01:08PM
mauiday wrote:
An archivist that gets paid with two Bentleys, a Ferrari and a Range Rover, plus a $1.8 mil luxury pad. I think a Bentley cost over $200,000 each. She must be a really good archivist! Ah .... What does an archivist do that is worth so much? Oh ... maybe they tape conversations for future use????
on April 29,2014 | 08:21PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Of course she is saddened! She's lost her income! I don't know how many lawyers in Oahu I asked if I could sue to get back what was community property! And they kept telling me I couldn't. We need to sue to teach these women they can't get away with busting up long standing marriages.
on April 29,2014 | 08:23PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
It's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along.
on April 29,2014 | 11:16PM
Ripoff wrote:
haha golddiggin ladyman
on April 30,2014 | 01:06PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
She's a gold digger at best.......
on April 30,2014 | 04:50PM