Ex-Clippers owner’s wife wins property
The wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed US$2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Sterling money that was community property from six decades of marriage that was secretly spent buying V. Stiviano a house, a Ferrari and other luxury gifts.
“Shelly is thrilled with the decision,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said. “This is certainly a victory for the Sterling family whose funds were dissipated by Donald to lavish millions of dollars of gifts on a conniving mistress.”
Stiviano’s lawyer had argued the gifts were made when Donald and Shelly Sterling were separated and that Shelly Sterling couldn’t seek them from a third party. The judge rejected those arguments.
Attorney Mac Nehoray said he and his client were disappointed in the ruling and would appeal.
The ruling, which is tentative and will become final in 15 days if there are no objections, comes nearly a year after Stiviano’s recording of Donald Sterling making racially offensive remarks bounced him from the National Basketball Association and cost him team ownership.
Shelly Sterling’s l awyers used other recordings to show he bought Stiviano a house, a US$240,000 Ferrari and extravagant shopping sprees.
In the recordings on Stiviano’s iPhone, she and the 80-year-old billionaire are heard discussing how to shield gifts from his wife.
“The truth is that everything that I have, you’ve given me from your heart without me begging or asking or throwing myself all over you,” Stiviano said in a snippet played in court.