V. Stiviano, Who Recorded Donald Sterling's Rant, Attacked in NYC: Lawyer

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Monday, 02 Jun 2014 02:13 PM

By Michael Mullins

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V. Stiviano, the former mistress of disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was reportedly punched in the face and berated with racial slurs Sunday night as she left a downtown Manhattan hotel.

Stiviano's attorney, Mac Nehorary, told the celebrity gossip site RadarOnline.com that the 31-year-old was leaving the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District when "two white men descended on her."

"They were about 5-foot-7 and they knew exactly who she was," Nehorary told RadarOnline. "They began to hit her and called her the 'N' word."

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"Other disgusting slurs were made against her," the attorney said, adding, though, that "she was able to run away and several onlookers then began attempting to apprehend the two men."

The two men were reportedly able to slip away into the night in what can be a very congested part of the city known for its trendy night clubs and upscale boutiques.

According to the attorney, Stiviano subsequently saw a doctor who, after examining her injuries, said she will make a full recovery.

"One side of her face is extremely red and she is obviously very scared," Nehorary told RadarOnline when asked about her current state.

Stiviano has yet to file a police report yet.

Nehorary didn't say why his client has failed to contact police, adding that she "will probably do so [but] her immediate reaction was to run away from the attackers and get to safety."

Stiviano made headlines in April when she released a nine-minute recording that allegedly captured the billionaire Sterling telling her to stop bringing her black friends to Clippers games and stop being pictured in public with African-Americans.

The disclosure led to a firestorm of criticism from former NBA players and others calling for Sterling to be forced out of the NBA.

On Thursday, Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife, announced she had signed a binding contract for the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record-breaking $2 billion.

One day after his wife agreed to sell the team, 80-year-old Donald Sterling announced that he would be suing the NBA for more than $1 billion in damages, claiming the league violated his constitutional rights by banning him from the sport for life, fining him $2.5 million, and taking steps to strip him of ownership of the team solely on basis of a conversation with his lover that he said was illegally recorded.

Stiviano, who has said in the past that she is part African-American and Mexican, also made headlines this week for another reason after TMZ obtained a video of her reportedly using racial slurs.

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