A Tuesday court ruling has left Donald Sterling’s mistress, V. Stiviano, much lighter in the pocket. According to the Associated Press, Judge Richard Fruin ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling after her ex-husband (and former L.A. Clippers owner) spent nearly $2.6 million dollars on Stiviano while the two were still married. Fruin said the gifts were considered community property.
Oddly enough, it was a Stiviano recording that did her in at trial.
In the recordings on Stiviano’s iPhone, she and the 80-year-old billionaire are heard discussing how to shield gifts from his wife.
“The truth is that everything that I have, you’ve given me from your heart without me begging or asking or throwing myself all over you,” Stiviano said in snippet played in court.
Donald Sterling showered Stiviano with lavish gifts, including a Ferrari, a Bentley and a $1.8 million house in Beverly Hills. But that’s not all. The L.A. Times got hold of some of the smaller ticket items, including a $12 thong.
•$925 — dry cleaning
•$843 — skin treatment
•$695 — Chanel thong sandals
•$391 — Easter bunny costume
•$354 — birthday cake
•$299 — two-speed blender
•$140 — Kobe 8 System Nike basketball shoes
•$12 — lace thong
•$1 — donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as part of a purchase at a CVS store.
Shelly Sterling gained control of the Clippers last year after a lengthy legal fight with her husband. She later sold it to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life.