Woman in Sterling Controversy: 'He's Not a Racist'

V. Stiviano defends him to Barbara Walters

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 3, 2014 11:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Well, not everybody thinks LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist: V. Stiviano, the woman who started this whole mess by recording her private conversations with him, offered up some decent words about him last night to Barbara Walters of ABC News:

  • On racism: "I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites, and blacks. But through his actions he's shown that he's not a racist. He's shown to be a very generous and kind man." Still, Stiviano said he "absolutely" should apologize for his remarks about black people, notes AP.

  • On their relationship: Stiviano says she is his personal assistant and never had a romantic relationship with the 80-year-old. She says she loves him as a "father figure."
  • 'He's hurting': "I think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself. I think he can't even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he's hurt by it. He's hurting right now."
  • On how the tapes surfaced: Stiviano said she gave the tapes to friends for safekeeping and one of them leaked the audio to the media.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, watch the Clippers play in 2010.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, watch the Clippers play in 2010.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
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