- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2014

The companion of embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, VStiviano, was attacked by two men Sunday night as she was leaving a Manhattan restaurant, according to multiple news reports.

Ms. Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray, told NBC News that two white men “punched her on the right side of her face several times,” as she was leaving a restaurant where she was dining with friends. According to reports, she was separated form her friends when leaving the restaurant, and that is when she was attacked.

While the two men were hitting Ms. Stiviano, who identifies her race as black and Mexican, they were also shouting racial slurs, according to celebrity website RadarOnline, a fact that was confirmed to NBC by Ms. Stiviano’s lawyer. 

Ms. Stiviano first came into the public eye last month, when she released a recorded conversation between herself and Mr. Sterling in which he makes racist remarks, including berating her for taking a photo with basketball star Magic Johnson and bringing black people to Clippers games. 

As a result of the comments made in the recording, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from the NBA for life. Mr. Sterling filed a $1 billion lawsuit Monday against the NBA for forcing him to give up control of the Clippers. 

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