What’s new with Donald Sterling: New allegations of sexual harassment and racism and new denial


Donald Sterling (Danny Moloshok/AP)

A woman claiming to be an ex-lover and former personal assistant and caretaker is suing Donald Sterling for sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

It’s not V. Stiviano.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior court, Maiko Maya King said she was subjected to “a steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments” while working for Sterling and that he fired her because she was resistant to his “taunts.” King is represented by Gloria Allred — a well-known attorney, famous for generating publicity, who also represents the daughter of a woman who said she experienced housing discrimination while living in apartments owned by Sterling. Allred and her client offered to meet with the NBA last month to discuss the allegations.

Attorney Bobby Samini, who is representing Sterling, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday night that the allegations are “completely baseless. … Anyone objectively reviewing Ms. King’s claims will have no doubt that they are without merit,” Samini said.

According to the lawsuit, King and Sterling argued frequently about Sterling’s racist views during a romantic relationship that lasted from 2005 to 2011. Sterling allegedly asked King, “Why would you bring black people into the world?” when King told Sterling about her former husband, who is black, and her two children with him. Sterling also asked, “How could you be married to a black man?” King also alleged that Sterling said, “I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world.”

The similarities between Sterling’s relationships with King and Stiviano don’t end there. According to the suit (the Hollywood Reporter uploaded the documents):

In December 2013, Mr. Sterling said that what he really needed from the Plaintiff was for her to be his personal assistant/caretaker. He said that he needed someone around him that he trusted and that she was the only one that could do this for him. He said that if she agreed, he would pay her $10,000 a month and that if she proved her loyalty to him that at the end of the year he would give her a $100,000 bonus so she could pay off her various debts and obligations that she had accumulated. He also told her that he would provide her with a house and an automobile.

Remember when we discovered that Sterling had given Stiviano cash, a duplex and several luxury cars because Shelly Sterling, Sterling’s wife, sued her for them?

FILE - An Oct. 25, 2013, file photo is of V. Stiviano watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Stiviano, the woman Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks says she was assaulted by two men outside a New York City hotel Sunday June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
V. Stiviano (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

King stated she agreed to work for Sterling in a job that basically made her his driver, nurse, personal trainer/nutritionist and therapist. She said she thought that his relationship with Stiviano would inoculate her from his sexual advances, and she hoped that his racial attitudes had changed. King’s duties included driving Sterling to doctor’s appointments, making sure he took his medications on time, exercising with him to try to get him to lose weight and stop drinking, and listening to him when he wanted to talk. The problems began, the suit alleged, because Sterling would only pay King if she had sex with him.

“When she refused to engage in the sexual acts that he wanted her to engage in, Mr. Sterling retaliated by withholding her wages,” the lawsuit stated.

The tawdry list continued: King alleged that Sterling would call her a gold digger when she asked for her wages, then apologize and say it was all his fault. She also accused Sterling of offering her bonuses of $25,000 if she could “get him off” and said that Sterling would walk around his house naked while she was working, masturbate in front of her and grab at her in public. King alleged Sterling also told her: “Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope.” And that “Mexicans just do drive-by shootings.”

King and her ex-husband Wayne King divorced in 2009. “I don’t like the man,” Wayne King told the New York Daily News. “She told me all the racist things he said, but he had billions and I was just a stunt man. He broke up my marriage.”

Like Stiviano, when King brought a black friend to a Clippers game, Sterling allegedly asked, “Don’t you have white friends?” King worked for Sterling until he fired her May 7.

King also brought her husband to Clippers games.

“I went to two Clippers games, but the whole situation was just ugly,” Wayne King said. “He tried to get my youngest daughter to give him kisses, and then he would turn his face to get it on the lips. I told him I didn’t like that, and he said, ‘But I just love her.’”

Meanwhile, the Big Apple: Stiviano, the woman whose recordings of Sterling making racist comments alerted much of the world to his prejudice, was attacked and punched in the face in New York by two men who knew who she was. Stiviano’s lawyer told Radar Online two white men hit Stiviano while calling her the N-word as she was leaving the Gansevoort Hotel. She went to a doctor, but has not filed a police report yet. Stiviano was in New York for a Monday interview with Anderson Cooper.

Another strange twist (if you can handle any more): A video surfaced this past weekend showing Stiviano making disparaging comments about black people in an audition tape obtained by TMZ. She said: “I don’t understand black people. The minute you give them a little bit of money, they don’t know what to do with it.” Stiviano is half black and half Mexican.

 

Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion for banning him from the league and moving forward with a plan that would force him to sell the team. If the NBA approves the deal, the Clippers will belong to Steve Ballmer, who submitted a winning bid of $2 billion for the team last week. Shelly Sterling was able to sell because Donald was declared mentally incapacitated after a neurological exam. He was reportedly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

This weekend, Sterling attended a church service at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, a black church in south Los Angeles, at the invitation of senior pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick. The NBA’s board of governors will meet today to vote on whether or not to strip Sterling of his ownership and force him to sell the team.

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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