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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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Harland May 02 2014 at 3:02 PM

HOIPE the lawsuites start flying against the NBA this RACE CARD BULL CRAP HAS gone far enough!!

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mstienlee May 02 2014 at 3:32 PM

Sterling sounds like a typical Libtard. All of the Libtards are at each others throat in (hell)LA like usual. I guess he can sue them for bullying him, assaulting him, defamation of character, illegal wire tapping/recording etc...but he needs to learn his lesson by appreciating his classy wife, stop cheating on his wife with a nasty ho then go home and take care of his family, first.

This is why all of these scums got in trouble in the first place! He is lucky and should thank God, he didn't catch AIDS from the ho who may or may not have done it with her best buddy NOMagic!

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Bob mstienlee May 02 2014 at 3:37 PM

LibTard? I feel thaqt most liberals would feel wonderful having black friends...lets be diversified...

I cant fathom where you get the idea he is a libera...libtard? Could be...but his racism goes against the grain of liberalism

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e08a13 Bob May 02 2014 at 3:49 PM

It is reported that Sterling is a Democrat. Imagine that ?

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theemovado mstienlee May 02 2014 at 5:17 PM

Your mother's a ho. probably looking for black dick as we speak.

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dorc792 May 02 2014 at 3:34 PM

dis is jus black jealousy....dem blacs bin doin dis fo a hunder years...cease all contracts..

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theemovado dorc792 May 02 2014 at 5:16 PM

Hahahahahaha!! And the trailer park residents have shown their face.

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onlyinmyusa May 02 2014 at 3:36 PM

Why do this rich man dating such an ugly woman?

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theemovado onlyinmyusa May 02 2014 at 5:16 PM

Does. Speak English.

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joeclown May 02 2014 at 3:37 PM

You would have thought he would have gotten that thing a better plastic surgeon and fixed the face better and removed the gonads.

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mdesah May 02 2014 at 3:37 PM

I disagree with Mr. Sterling. It was a terrible thing to say. However I believe that everybody has a prejudice. "Judge not lest thou be judged." There is such thing as freedom of speech. If he does hate blacks as a whole, Why did he knowingly make that tape? That sounds illogical. Maybe he was not playing with a full deck. I personally love the Clippers and am not defending him. However freedom of speech does allow one to vent his or her hates. I am certain that the players felt bad about that.

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theemovado mdesah May 02 2014 at 5:15 PM

Everybody is not an a-hole! Some good people are quite capable of seeing individuals for the person they are, not a skin color that comes with their preconceived ideas. I know that's hard for losers to comprehend, but there are some real winners out here in life. You are not one of them though.

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Tutu May 02 2014 at 3:44 PM

Was her so called friend in reality the high priced madam that she works for????

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theemovado Tutu May 02 2014 at 5:13 PM

Who might that be?

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twhodog1 May 02 2014 at 3:45 PM

the slut was not ivolved yeah right

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e08a13 May 02 2014 at 3:46 PM

Eminent domain can take your land, now the league can take your team after they
caused the price to fall ? Professional athletes can commit crimes, but they are so important for a team to earn money, it's overlooked ? Steal groceries, but it's not a "real" crime because they are so important ? You try not paying child support, raping or stealing and see what happens.Shouldn't we look at the double standard ?
Sterling didn't get this way yesterday, but as long as he was sharing his millions, nobody cared.

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apetrohilos2002 May 02 2014 at 3:50 PM

I do not agree with Sterling's comments. However, they were made in a private conversation. A conversation that has now been used as a weapon by a disgruntled girlfriend for reasons unknown. Bottom line is that she is with him for money and nothing else. The reason why that conversation was taped was also for monetary gain. Why did she give the recorded conversation to a friend? What would be the purpose of "safe keeping" That does not even make sense. Who records conversations with their significant other and then gives them to someone else for "safe keeping?" She is a slut trying to blackmail her rich boyfriend. Not the first time, not the last.

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