Stiviano lawyer says she's sad over Sterling ban

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for V. Stiviano says the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks is saddened by the NBA's decision to ban the Clippers owner for life — and denies that she released the recording of their conversation.

Attorney Siamak Nehoray tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that his client "never wanted any harm" to come to Sterling and is devastated that the remarks became public.

Sterling's estranged wife has sued Viviano, seeking to reclaim a $1.8-million home, cash and luxury cars given to her by Sterling. The lawsuit alleges that Viviano is Sterling's mistress.

But Nehoray says the 31-year-old Viviano and Sterling, who is 80, never had a romantic relationship. He says she worked as an archivist for Sterling.

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