Report: Sterling trying to avoid release of more audio
The scandal surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling isn’t going away any time soon, but are the two audio recordings released so far just the tip of the iceberg?
According to TMZ, Sterling has reached out to ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano to try to avoid the release of more than 100 additional hours of recordings she made, including some that would further damage his reputation.
"How can we make this go away?," the site says Sterling asked her. Stiviano reportedly told him to contact her lawyer.
Stiviano says she made the recordings, in which the Clippers owner appears to be making several racist and inflammatory statements, at his request, saying the owner often forgot things he said and wanted the tapes to help refresh his memory, according to TMZ Sports.
It says calls to her lawyer went unanswered.
Her lawyer, Mac Nehoray, did communicate to the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, saying that the voice on the recordings is Sterling, but saying he did not know how the audio had been leaked in the first place.
He also released this statement to the media.
"My firm represents Ms. V Stiviano who is a named defendant in a civil action brought by Rochelle H. Sterling in the Central Civil Superior Court, County of Los Angeles. This office understands that the currently released audio tape of approximately 15 minutes is a portion of approximately one (1) hour of overall audio recording of Mr. Donald T. Sterling and Ms. Stiviano, and is in fact legitimate. Ms. Stiviano did not release the tape(s) to any news media. Due to the present litigation and its absurd allegations, which Ms. Stiviano vehemently denies, Ms. Stiviano and this office have no comments at this time."
The "absurd allegations" that Nehoray was speaking about include the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million. In the suit, Sterling’s wife, alleges that her husband showered Stiviano with gifts such as a $1.8 million duplex in downtown L.A., a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,0000. These gifts came from community property according to Sterling’s wife, and since they were purchased without her consent, the suit demands their return as well as compensatory damages.
All of this happened on a day that began with Deadspin releasing what it called "The Extended Donald Sterling Tape. The recording, which Deadspin claims to be 15 minutes long, is much like the first, shorter recording released by TMZ earlier in the weekend, with the voice alleged to be that of Sterling upset with Stiviano for posting photos of herself with "black people" on Instagram, including NBA legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.