Woman behind Clippers scandal calls team owner 'father figure'
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman who recorded Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that got him banned from the NBA insisted on Wednesday she was never his mistress but rather an employee, friend and caretaker who saw him as a "father figure."
Appearing on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Phil" television show, the woman, V. Stiviano, 31, denied repeatedly and emphatically that she had ever had been physically intimate with the 80-year-old billionaire.
"I have never had any sexual relations ... any kind of sexual contact with Mr. Sterling whatsoever," she said.
Stiviano also insisted she never used seduction to obtain the expensive gifts he furnished her, including several luxury cars and the $1.8 million Los Angeles duplex, as Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly, has alleged in a lawsuit.
"It was not a sugar-daddy relationship," she told TV therapist Phil McGraw, adding that Sterling lavished her with gifts "because he cares about me, and I'm a good human being."
"We have a very nurturing, loving relationship," she said. "The way I saw it, he was looking for me and what it is that he never got from his own children. I looked at him as a father figure. I looked at him as a mentor."
Stiviano said their relationship, while not sexual, transcended personal and professional boundaries.
She said she earned a regular paycheck as an employee but had no "set title." Continued...