And the plot gets sicker. Not only was former Clippers owner Donald Sterling hiding his racist views, according to his alleged “mistress” V. Stiviano, who leaked the recorded rants, she was a “beard” designed to cover his homosexuality.
The issue came up because V. Stiviano filed a $10 million defamation suit claiming that she was not really his mistress, but was a “beard” used to disguise his homosexuality. Donald’s estranged wife Shelly said that the money and gifts given to Stiviano were not his to give freely, but belonged to the married couple. Stiviano argued that Shelly was aware of the gifts and money and was complicit in her being used as Sterling’s “beard.” She claims that she was “never a sexual partner” of Donald Sterling.
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Sounds bizarre, but if true, it explains why Donald spent so much time talking to Stiviano in her extended recorded conversations if nothing else was going on.