Donald Sterling Sued for Alleged Sexual Harassment: Latest Details and Comments

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

FILE- This is a Dec. 19, 2011 file photo showing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA has initiated a charge, Monday, May 19, 2014,  against Sterling, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
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Already embroiled in a fight against the NBA, disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, 80, must now do battle on another front in the form of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

According to Per Liljas of Time, Maiko Maya King, who claims to be Sterling's ex-lover, alleges that she faced a "steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments" during their relationship from 2005 through 2011.

Sterling made waves in April when a tape of him making racist remarks to former girlfriend V. Stiviano was leaked to the public. He was later disciplined by NBA commissioner Adam Silver with a lifetime ban.

LOS ANGELES, CA -  APRIL 29:   A man holds a sign during a protest against racist comments made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling outside Staples Center before a playoff game on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Clippers owner Donald Sterlin
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An agreement has since been reached to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billionwith Sterling's wife, Shelly, handling the transactionbut Donald is far from done with the NBA. Per Tim Stelloh of NBC News, he intends to sue the league for $1 billion in damages.

According to Liljas, King acted as Sterling's personal assistant and caretaker aside from their romantic relationship. King alleges Sterling offered money as bonuses in exchange for sexual favors and that he fired her May 7, 2014, when she stood up to the alleged harassment.

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Sterling also allegedly made racially charged comments, including "Why would you bring black people into the world?" and "Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope." 

According to Robert J. Lopez of the Los Angeles Times, however, Sterling's attorney, Bobby Samini, claims the lawsuit is "completely baseless."

"Anyone objectively reviewing Ms. King's claims will have no doubt that they are without merit," Samini said.


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