NYPD Make Arrest in V. Stiviano Assault Case

Police in New York City say they’ve arrested a man in connection with an attack on V. Stiviano, the mistress (or assistant, depending on who you ask) of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

On the evening of June 1, Stiviano claims she was hit multiple times in the face by two White men shouting racial slurs. Stiviano and a group of women left a restaurant near the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District shortly before the assault.

Dominic Diorio, 40, is charged with a third-degree hate crime and aggravated harassment, according to a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He’s scheduled to be arraigned sometime Wednesday.

Stiviano gained notoriety when one of a series of recordings she made of telephone conversations with Sterling were mysteriously sold (Riiight…) to TMZ and Deadspin. In the leaked audio, Sterling is heard chastising Stiviano for Instagramming photos of herself with high-profile African-Americans, including NBA legend Magic Johnson and MLB star Matt Kemp. Sterling effectively ordered Stiviano not to invite Magic — or any other Blacks — to Clippers games.

The scandal rocked the world of professional sports. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league, fined him $2.5 million and tried to force the sale of the team the Sterling clan has owned since 1981. The Clippers franchise has since been sold to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a reported $2 billion.