Nearly one year after the former Clipper owner’s racist comments leaked online and led to his relinquishing of the team, Stiviano is still a thorn in the family’s side. Yesterday (Apr. 14), a judge ordered the former assistant and “lover” to Sterling to pay $2.8 million to Sterling’s wife, Shelly, according to NBC News.
Shelly argued that her husband had showered Stiviano with money that was community property from their shared real estate empire during their six-year marriage. The whopping total was calculated from lavish gifts Stiviano received from Sterling over the course of two-and-a-half years, including a Ferrari, a Bentley, a Range Rover and a $1.8 million duplex near Beverly Hills. Stiviano has also been ordered to surrender the property.
“Shelly is thrilled with the decision,” Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly’s attorney said. “This is certainly a victory for the Sterling family whose funds were dissipated by Donald to lavish millions of dollars of gifts on a conniving mistress.”
Stiviano argued that the gifts from Sterling were given to her while he and Shelly were separated, and that his wife should not be allowed to seek them from a third party. The judge eventually ruled against this claim. Her lawyer plans to file an appeal within the 15-day period before the decision becomes final.
Upon losing ownership of the team, Sterling filed a federal suit against the NBA, and expanded the suit last month to be filed against Shelly as well.