Judge rules V. Stiviano owes Shelly Sterling $2.6 million
A judge has ordered V. Stiviano to pay $2.6 million to Shelly Sterling, the wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
The ruling stems from a lawsuit that was filed by Shelly roughly one month before Donald’s explosive racist rant was released to the public. The Associated Press reports that Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly money that was community property that Donald secretly used to shower Stiviano in gifts.
Stiviano’s lawyer contended that Donald had given her the gifts — which included a house, a $240,000 Ferrari, two other luxury cars and several spending sprees — while the former NBA owner and his wife were separated. The judge rejected those arguments, and Stiviano’s attorney said an appeal will be filed.
During the hearing, Donald Sterling testified that he paid for an entire $1.8 million duplex in Beverly Hills for Stiviano. He noted that she didn’t contribute “50 cents” to the property, though Stiviano claimed she contributed an unknown amount of cash that she had saved with the help of family members.
Shelly referred to Stiviano as Donald’s mistress, but Stiviano has denied ever having sexual relations with the 80-year-old. Stiviano seemed to indicate on social media last year that she has a child with Sterling, but she reportedly told a court shortly thereafter that she believes he is gay.
Stiviano admitted to hating Shelly Sterling and referred to her as the “Wicked Witch of the West.” Donald called Stiviano his “ex-friend,” which makes Stiviano’s recent Instagram post seem even more bizarre.
When someone inevitably makes a movie about Sterling’s life, it is going to be amazing.