06/04/2014 02:27 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2014

V. Stiviano Assault Suspect Arrested In New York, Police Say


A man accused of assaulting V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the L.A. Clippers scandal, was arrested Tuesday in New York, according to local media reports.

Police say 40-year-old Dominic Diorio of Old Bethpage on Long Island has been charged with a third-degree hate crime and aggravated harassment, NBC New York reports.

Diorio and an accomplice allegedly assaulted Stiviano on Sunday night outside the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan, punching her while shouting racial epithets.

Stiviano was examined by a doctor who could not tell the extent of the injuries due to swelling, but believes she may have suffered a broken cheek, USA Today reports. She's planning to have X-rays taken in Los Angeles.

Diorio was then injured when passersby attacked him, the New York Post reports. Police later found him drunk and bleeding and took him to the hospital, but didn't realize he was a suspect in the attack. When Stiviano filed her police report, officers put Diorio in a lineup and she identified him.

Diorio lives with his parents, the Post said.

“Wow, I’m not going to tell my wife about this. That’ll just upset her. I don’t know what to do,” Diorio’s father told the newspaper.

Stiviano allegedly made secret recordings of Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling uttering racist comments, which resulted in him being hit with a lifetime ban from the NBA and forcing the sale of the team. He appears ready to contest his punishment with a reported $1 billion lawsuit.



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