It's been a year since billionaire real estate titan and lawyer Donald Sterling lost control of his NBA Los Angeles Clippers basketball team thanks to an audio recording made by his maybe-mistress, V. Stiviano, where he made racist remarks about… well, everything. A lot has happened in that year, and the fallout is still raining down around Los Angeles. This time, it's Sterling's estranged wife Shelly making it rain pain. She just won a court case where Stiviano must give up $2.6 million worth of goods David Sterling bought her in the 2.5-year relationship.
Because of the win in Los Angeles Superior Court, Stiviano will have to surrender a $1.8 million duplex and return $800,000 and several luxury cars given to her. Shelly Sterling claimed that Stiviano seduced her 80-year-old husband and manipulated him to give up community property the couple amassed through a real estate rental empire built over six decades of marriage.
According to USA Today, those same audio recordings that brought down the Sterling-NBA relationship also gave the estranged Shelly Sterling the ammo she needed to get back at Stiviano.
"Everything that I have you've given me from your heart without me begging or asking or throwing myself all over you," Stiviano could be heard telling the billionaire in a clip played at trial to show they plotted to shield gifts from his wife.
Stiviano's attorney Mac Nehoray said he and his client were disappointed and would appeal the ruling, which is tentative and will become final in 15 days if there are no objections.
Judge rules V. Stiviano must return $2.6 million to Shelly Sterling (USA Today)
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