10:51 AM EDT, May 9, 2014
A voice believed to be embattled billionaire Donald Sterling says there's a reason he made those racist rants to V. Stiviano: he was trying to seduce her.
The jaw-dropping excuse is heard in a just-released audio obtained by the website radaronline.com.
On the recording, the voice says: "I'm talking to a girl. I'm trying to have sex with her. I'm trying to play with her. If you were trying to have sex with a girl and you're talking to her privately, you don't think anybody's there, you may say anything in the world! What difference does it make? Then, if the girl tapes it and releases it, my God, it's awful!"
He's speaking to an unidentified friend who apparently recorded the conversation.
The speaker says he's shocked that 31-year-old Stiviano taped the racist tirade.
The tape continues, "Who thinks anybody's gonna tape something? What the hell, I'm talking to a girl. The girl is black. I like her. I'm jealous that she's with other black guys. I want her. So what the hell, can I in private tell her, you know, "I don't want you to be with anybody?" Am I a person? Do I have freedom of speech?"
Stiviano claims she worked for Sterling as an "archivist" and he knew she was taping him. She also told Barbara Walters they never had sex, saying, "I love him like a father figure."
In the new audio, the voice alleged to be Sterling's tries to explain why he didn't want Stiviano to bring Magic Johnson to Clippers games—it was because he was jealous.
The recording continues, "I know I'm wrong, what I said was wrong. But I never thought the private conversation would go anywhere, out to the public. I didn't want her to bring anybody to my games because I was jealous! I mean, I'm being honest."
The Today show's Al Roker had this reaction to the bizarre method of seduction, saying, "Nothing excites a woman like spouting off racist comments."
Sterling denies that the voice on the recording is his.