Judge Rules V. Stiviano Return $2.6M In Gifts To Ex’s Wife, Shelly Sterling
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that V. Stiviano must return $2.6 million in gifts to Shelly Sterling, the wife of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Mrs. Sterling had been seeking $3 million.
Last year, Stiviano was the woman who broke the Donald Sterling racism scandal when she released audio of him, her then boyfriend, making disgusting remarks.
Prior to the scandal while Stiviano was going all around town with Donald Sterling, he was still legally married. His wife, Shelly Sterling, sued her husband’s former mistress for repayment of gifts and money Sterling.
“Shelly is thrilled with the decision. This is a victory for the Sterling family in recovering the $2,630,000 that Donald lavished on a conniving mistress. It also sets a precedent that the injured spouse can recover damages from the recipient of these ill-begotten gifts,” Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s lawyer, said in a statement.
According to Shelly Sterling, the money her husband used to buy V. Stiviano a house, luxury cars, and stocks was part of community property and thus partly hers. But Donald spent it on a lot of expensive gifts for Stiviano during their 2 1/2-year relationship. Donald Sterling gave Stiviano a Ferrari, a Bentley, and a Range Rover, and paid most of the money for her $1.8 million duplex, reports ABC News.
But Stiviano’s lawyer claimed the gifts were made when Donald and Shelly Sterling were separated.
We see an appeal coming.