LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks says the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ.
Lawyer Siamak Nehoray says V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission. Nehoray says Stiviano, 31, only learned they would become public after TMZ contacted her.
In the recording, the Los Angeles Clippers owner expresses his unhappiness with Stiviano for posting online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson.
In March, Sterling's wife, Rochelle, sued Stiviano, seeking the return of more than $2.5 million in gifts Stiviano allegedly received from her husband.