V. Stiviano: Donald Sterling Is Gay She was his beard, not his lover: lawsuit By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Aug 21, 2014 6:45 PM CDT 74 comments Comments LDonald Sterling and V. Stiviano watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) (Newser) – Donald Sterling's girlfriend? Nah, says V. Stiviano: She never slept with the former Los Angeles Clippers owner, because he's gay and she was his beard, TMZ reports. Stiviano makes the claim in a new lawsuit filed in a battle over who owns the property and cars Sterling gave her. Stiviano says they were compensation for being his "beard": She wasn't "ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling," per the suit, and Stiviano "believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males." Sterling's wife Shelly was "acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [his] gifts of money" to Stiviano, the suit adds. Stiviano further argues that the gifts were Donald's private property, not community property; Shelly has argued that her husband didn't have the right to give Stiviano the gifts. Icing on the cake: Stiviano is accusing Donald and Shelly of defaming her in the media spotlight as a supposed thief and embezzler, and demanding no less than $10 million.