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 (http://lat.ms/1kemXGO ) 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.