V. Stiviano is known to the world as the the mistress of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who is seen in a now-famous video being admonished for associating with black men in public, but Sterling’s wife of 50 years claims Stiviano is something much more — a conniving gold digger.
Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano have reportedly been having an affair for much of the last four years, after the two met at the 2010 Super Bowl. On Saturday a video was released in which a man identified as Sterling is seen berating Stiviano for associating in public with black men, and for posting on Instagram a picture she took with Magic Johnson.
The revelation has rocked the basketball world, and also led many to dig up a weeks-old lawsuit claiming that Stiviano is only after Sterling for his money. Rochelle Sterling, Donald’s wife of more than 50 years, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Stiviano painting her as a calculated gold digger who seduces older wealthy men so they give her lavish gifts.
Here are details of the lawsuit, per the Los Angeles Times:
Rochelle Sterling alleges that her husband used community property to buy Stiviano a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,0000.
Sterling also allegedly gave Stiviano $1.8 million to buy a duplex on West 4th Street near the Beverly Center last December, according to the suit, which claims that Sterling additionally provided her with $240,000 for upkeep and living expenses.
The property was supposed to be held in the Sterlings’ name, Rochelle Sterling contends, but Stiviano has title and has refused to relinquish it. Arguing that the gifts were all allegedly made without Rochelle Sterling’s knowledge or consent, the complaint seeks their return along with compensatory damages.
According to the lawsuit from Rochelle Sterling, the video may be part of a plan hatched by Stiviano. In a statement on Saturday, Clippers President Andy Roeser noted that the woman in the video is accused of embezzling more than $1.8 million. Sterling reportedly told Roeser that the woman was looking to “get even” for bringing the lawsuit against her.
While she may be the target of litigation, V. Stiviano has also gotten plenty of support for the incident with Donald Sterling. Several high-profile figures have called on the team to boycott Sterling and the Clippers, with Magic Johnson even saying he won’t attend another game there until Sterling is gone.