08/22/2014 09:57 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Donald Sterling Is Gay, V. Stiviano Claims In Lawsuit


Donald Sterling is gay and never had sex with presumed girlfriend V. Stiviano. So says Stiviano in a new lawsuit, according to TMZ.

As the gossip site writes, Stiviano said in papers she was "not ever a sexual partner of Donald T. Sterling" and "believes that [Sterling] is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males." In addition, Sterling's wife Shelly knew of his proclivities and the lavish gifts he gave Stiviano as part of an arrangement for her to be his "beard."

Shelly Sterling was "acutely aware of DTS' sexual orientation," the suit reads, per Courthouse News Service.

Stiviano's claims came in response to Shelly Sterling’s lawsuit characterizing Stiviano as a gold-digger who got the former Clippers owner to give her a $1.8 million home, a Ferrari and $240,000.

Stiviano said in her suit that she played the role of beard for three years and that the gifts were "irrevocable," Courthouse News noted.

Stiviano is "demanding no less than $10 million" for defamation, TMZ wrote.

The whole legal mess began when a recording of Sterling making racist comments to Stiviano surfaced. The recordings led to a ban on Sterling by the NBA and an order to sell the team.

The Huffington Post reached out to an attorney for Sterling for comment.

This post has been updated with details from the filing, per Courthouse News.