Amidst the controversy, lifetime bans, and money-making, Donald Sterling has also been served with a sexual harassment and race discrimination lawsuit. Gimme a “D” for defense!
Maiko Maya King, an employee for Sterling’s foundation and his former assistant, filed the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint, she alleges that from 2005 to 2011, Sterling and King were involved in a romantic relationship, wherein Sterling held money and wages over King’s head for sexual favors.
She accuses Sterling of repeatedly making sexual demands and then subjecting her to racial comments and epithets. Their initial relationship ended in 2011, but King began working for Sterling a second time more recently. He attempted to take up the same sort of relationship as King’s previous employment, but she protested against his behaviors. Sterling then fired her last month.
King also alleges that Sterling made derogatory comments about her former husband, who is black, and subsequently her children. One general comment Sterling made to her was, “black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope.” He further asked King “how could you be married to a black man?” and “Why would you bring black people into the world?”
During their “good” times, Sterling purportedly told King, “I want to take you out of the black world and put you in the white world” and when they fought he argued, “move back to the ghetto with a black man.”
The reason that Sterling strayed from girlfriend and then assistant V. Stiviano, was because he was “bored” with Stiviano sexually and wanted King to resume the sexual relationship. He wanted King to tell him stories of her sexual past so that he would get aroused. He offered her sizable bonuses for doing so.
King is seeking unspecified compensatory damages and is represented by famous civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Source: Reuters & NY Daily News