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
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.
 

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