Former employee sues Donald Sterling
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is being sued by a woman who alleges that while she was employed by him, they had a romantic relationship and that he subjected her to racially and sexually offensive comments.
The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Maiko Maya King’s resistance to Sterling’s “stream of racist and sexist taunts” caused him to retaliate against her and terminate her employment as his personal assistant and caretaker in May.
King, who is represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, alleges discrimination, retaliation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and demands a jury trial.
Sterling’s attorney, Bobby Samini, said the suit was “baseless and ridiculous.”
The lawsuit comes after Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA for racist remarks recorded by girlfriend V. Stiviano that were made public.
King was romantically involved with Donald Sterling from 2005 through 2011 while she worked for him, but they often “argued about his racist views.”
King was previously married to a black man and had two children. According to the lawsuit, Sterling allegedly asked her: “How could you be married to a black man?” and “Why would you bring black people into the world?” He allegedly also told her “I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world.”
Because of the racist comments, Sterling and King broke up in 2011, the suit states. But when King’s father died in 2013 she returned to work for Sterling knowing a woman named “V” was his girlfriend.
King said she accompanied him to doctor appointments, made sure he took his medications on time and accompanied him to business meetings.
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