Barbara Walters scored the first interview with V. Stiviano, the mysterious woman at the centre of disgraced Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling’s scandal.
Ms. Stiviano, 31, is the woman whose voice appears on the mysteriously leaked tape on which Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is heard making racist comments.
Asked if she thought he would go through with a public apology, Stiviano replied: ”God only knows.”
This is the first television interview for Stiviano since the NBA handed Sterling a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Tuesday for his racial remarks about African-Americans featured in a leaked audiotape recording. Stiviano also said, “I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself,” she added. “I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.”
Prior to this interview with ABC News, Stiviano had been seen in public wearing a large visor over her face, which she said made it “easier to mask the pain.”
Stiviano denied having a romantic relationship with Sterling, saying she is his personal assistant and sees Sterling as “a father figure” – calling herself his “silly rabbit.” She claims that people around Sterling would say negative things about her to him, saying they “poison his mind and heart about things about me,” which would drive him to say certain things.
Other gems from the interview include, “There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” she said. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”
Watch the full interview below: