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V. Stiviano says she does not believe Donald Sterling is racist

V. Stiviano says Donald Sterling previously allowed her free reign over who she brought to games. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) V. Stiviano says Donald Sterling previously allowed her free reign over who she brought to games. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The woman who recorded the now infamous Donald Sterling tapes, V. Stiviano, told ABC's Barbara Walters that she does not believe Donald Sterling is a racist, but said that he should apologize for his comments.

Stiviano said that the Clippers' owner was a product of a different time, but did not hate minorities.

“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks,” Stiviano said. “But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”

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The 31-year old also protested the media's characterization of her as Sterling's mistress, saying she is his assistant and his "right hand."

Stiviano is currently being sued by Sterling's wife Rochelle over gifts she was given by Donald Sterling.

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