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Sterling tape wasn't leaked by girlfriend, attorney says

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks said Thursday that the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ.

V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission, lawyer Siamak Nehoray said. He would not identify the friend.

Nehoray said she sent snippets of the conversation recorded on her phone electronically to her friend for safekeeping in case anything happened, but only two went through, Nehoray said.

He wouldn't elaborate on what prompted her to send the recordings.

Nehoray said Stiviano, 31, only learned they would become public after TMZ contacted her. She was devastated, he said.

"She's a young girl thrown in the middle of this thing, unwillingly," Nehoray said. "She didn't release the tape. She gave it to somebody for safe keeping. It was unfortunate that it was released. It's a lot to deal with."

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.

Attorney Robert Platt, who is general counsel for the Clippers, said he has no comment.

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, including luxury cars and a $1.8 million duplex. Stiviano's name is on the duplex's title, Nehoray said.

"We're saying when you give a gift, don't ask for it back. The law is clear you don't have to," Nehoray said. The lawsuit was a "cut and paste" of a "prior lawsuit against a previous girlfriend," he said.

Nehoray said a third person was present during the conversation, but she wants to remain anonymous. Nehoray said the conversation took place in September 2013 after Sterling and Stiviano spent the day together; they'd stopped at her place for Sterling to rest.

"It was by mutual agreement that it was going to be recorded," he said. "There was nothing going on back then. There was no lawsuit. There was no rift. In October he threw a birthday party for her even."

California law requires both parties to agree to recording a conversation that one would reasonably expect to be private.

Stiviano worked as Sterling's archivist, and Nehoray said she had been mischaracterized in the media. Sterling and Stiviano were friends, but the two never had an intimate relationship, Nehoray said.

Nehoray said Stiviano is "hanging in there" and that she was "very saddened" by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Sterling for life from any association with the league or his team, and to fine him $2.5 million.

"They've never been on bad terms," Nehoray said. "I don't know if they're in touch. She considers him a friend. I'm sure he feels the same way."

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kissmylips13 May 02 2014 at 2:13 PM

A young girl @ 31???? No, she is a woman you idiot!!! Its so gross to see the two sitting beside each other and the thought(real quick) of those two being sexual is disgusting

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jwilli1251 May 02 2014 at 2:33 PM

Poor baby!! An archivist, a what? This is a 31 year old gold digger who tried to blackmail Sterling for Majic Johnson, attempting to force a sale to them. Innocent? Not a chance.

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mafazyt May 02 2014 at 2:36 PM

There is no diversity in the NBA but I see no hand wringing by the liberal media.
It appears the NBA supports discrimination against white players.
There were plenty of great players in the collegiate championships who were non-black but the NBA refuses to give them equal opportunity.
Now, that is a story the media won't turn into one of their race-related scandals.
This woman received cars and money, and kept her hand out and her legs open as a paid adultress, and the NBA saw no harm in that.
Now, they are all morally superior?

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mariestyer May 02 2014 at 2:37 PM

Really but really ! Ridiculous and repulsy
She has to learn to be a lady and not Madam.
My opinion she is a W...e

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coopski1 May 02 2014 at 2:37 PM

It's neither "young" (at 31, NOT young) nor does it appear to be a "she". I think it's a tranny. But it will give the Kartrashians a run for their money when it gets it's own "reality" show. I realize that the Kartrashians got their start via a sex tape ... but this new Trash can skip ahead of that step in getting a reality show. But somehow I expect that there is a sex tape floating out there in the world featuring this new Trash and if there isn't ... one will get made gladly, willingly, voraciously, and repulsively, as they all are.

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porsha993 May 02 2014 at 2:38 PM

"She's a young girl thrown in the middle of this thing, unwillingly," Girl? Uhhh, right. I think "ladyboy" is the term he's looking for. Either way, he/she/it purposely recorded the conversation and distributed it so "unwillingly" does not apply.

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spikecogan May 02 2014 at 2:39 PM

Why would he agree to be taped....that is tough to believe.
Anything he gave her, well, he gave her ! She should get to keep.
That nasty looking old wife is just bitter and angry and mean. They were separated.....whats the big deal?

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e08a13 spikecogan May 02 2014 at 3:35 PM

The wife can sue her for alienation of affection. He was married and giving away their assets.
She could probably get away with his mental condition. He needed a keeper.

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itchy1958 May 02 2014 at 10:37 PM

Damn! and I thought that my ex wife was ugly! Sorry babe, should have given you little more credit!

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cabinsmoke May 02 2014 at 2:40 PM

Playboy is on the phone.

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reynarach cabinsmoke May 02 2014 at 2:50 PM

naa just the porn companies.

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mtrazzeli May 02 2014 at 10:31 PM

she's done.she got her 15 minutes of fame and now it's time to fade away to life as a wannabe.talk about shooting yourself in the foot.bye bye.

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