V. Stiviano was reportedly attacked in New York City by two men who punched her in the face and shouted racial slurs.
The former mistress of then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was attacked outside a restaurant in the Meatpacking District on Sunday night. Though initial reports of the assault were seen as a possible hoax, the attack was later confirmed by Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray.
“They were about 5-foot-7 and they knew exactly who she was,” he said. “They began to hit her and called her the N-word.”
Stiviano came to national attention last month when a recording surfaced of Sterling admonishing her for being seen in public with black men. The recording caused a controversy that led to Sterling being banned for life from the NBA and the forced sale of his team.
Stiviano has continued to make headlines, including her own statements that appeared disparaging to black people.
“I don’t understand black people,” Stiviano was heard on the recording obtained by TMZ. “The minute you give them a little bit of money, they don’t know what to do with it.”
A bouncer who witnessed the incident on Sunday said V. Stiviano and her group got into an argument among themselves when two strangers stepped in and attacked.
“Eventually, hands started being thrown,” the bouncer told The New York Post. ” It looks like the guys in the group were defending the girls.”
But some aspects of the assault are still in question. The bouncer said he did not hear the attacker use the N-word, as Stiviano had claimed, but said he wouldn’t doubt it happened.
“In the chaos, I did not see her get popped in the face, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she did because it was crazy out there,” he said.
Other witnesses attested to Stiviano’s account of the assault.
“One of the patrons who saw the whole thing said they saw one guy punch her in the face out nowhere,” said Nicholas Pietro, manager of the Chester restaurant. “So they got into a tussle and she tried to get away. Some people tried to break up the fight.
“One of the guys who was trying to beat her up ended up really bloody.”
V. Stiviano was not seriously injured in the attack, her lawyer said, but one side of her face was “extremely red.”