LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for V. Stiviano says the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks is saddened by the NBA’s decision to ban the Clippers owner for life — and denies that she released the recording of their conversation.
Attorney Siamak Nehoray says that his client “never wanted any harm” to come to Sterling and is devastated that the remarks became public.
Sterling’s estranged wife has sued Viviano, seeking to reclaim a $1.8-million home, cash and luxury cars given to her by Sterling. The lawsuit alleges that Viviano is Sterling’s mistress.
But Nehoray says the 31-year-old Viviano and Sterling, who is 80, never had a romantic relationship. He says she worked as an archivist for Sterling.