Clippers owner Donald Sterling accused of racist, sexist remarks in lawsuit
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing a lawsuit from a woman who says that she was fired after refusing to have sex with him and that he made racist and sexist comments in her presence, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Maiko Maya King said that she was subjected to a "steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments" by Sterling. The lawsuit seeks general and compensatory damages as well as attorney fees.
King says she was in a romantic relationship from 2005 to 2011 with Sterling, who "supported her financially and she worked for him and his foundation," the lawsuit states.
An attorney for Sterling says the lawsuit is without merit and "completely baseless."
The suit also claims Sterling would pay King $10,000 a month, and that he "dangled money" only if she would have sex with him. When she refused, she was fired, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The NBA is set to vote on terminating Sterling's ownership of the Clippers on Tuesday after the league banned him from life and fined him $2.5 million following the release of a recording in which Sterling can be heard making racist comments.
The league said last week that Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust would sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The sale still needs approval from the league's Board of Governors.