V. Stiviano Tells Barbara Walters: Donald Sterling Is NOT A Racist, Who I Want To “Rescue” (VIDEO)
V. Stiviano, the woman who recorded L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks, which resulted in him being banned for life from the NBA, spoke exclusively to Barbara Walters on Friday’s “20/20,” and she dropped a bunch of bombshells.
Among the misconceptions Stiviano sought to clear up, she told Walters, is that “I’m a mistress or a whore or a woman of the night.” Stiviano said Sterling is now “confused… feels very alone… emotionally traumatized,” and that she’s only speaking out because “I want to help him… come to his rescue.”
When asked if she was in love with Sterling, the 31-year-old, who described herself as Sterling’s “personal assistant,” replied, “I Iove him… I love him like a father figure.” Stiviano explained that she wears visors that cover her entire face because “it hurts to see someone you care about hurting… It’s easier to mask the pain.”
As for whether she believes Sterling is a racist, Stiviano says “no,” adding that what the Clippers owner said is “not what he feels” and that the unsavory remarks were said “in the heat of the moment.” That said, Stiviano told Walters she felt Sterling was from a “different generation,” and was “brought up to believe those [racist] things” such as “segregation.”
So, should he apologize, asked Walters. “Absolutely,” said Stiviano. But will he? “Only God knows,” said Walters. Check out the short clip below, and tell us what you think.