Trial Over Donald Sterling Gifts to Friend Nears End; What’s at Stake?

Trial Over Donald Sterling Gifts to Friend Nears End; What’s at Stake?

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling’s wife is suing to recover $2.8 million in gifts Stiviano received from him. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

 

(Los Angeles Times) – A judge will soon decide whether the wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will recoup millions of dollars in gifts and cash he allegedly gave to his companion V. Stiviano.

Shelly Sterling contends that her husband spent more than $3 million on Stiviano, whom she accuses of being Donald Sterling’s mistress. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys say her husband used shared assets to pay for the gifts and that she never gave her consent.

Stiviano, 32, and Donald Sterling, 80, deny having a sexual relationship, saying they are just friends.

Stiviano was at the center of last year’s controversy that led to Donald Sterling being stripped of his ownership of the NBA team after she recorded him making racially charged remarks.

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