The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal said she was attacked by two men outside a trendy New York City hotel. Thirty-one-year-old V. Stiviano said she was punched in the face, and "banged up."
It happened outside the Gansevoort Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Witnesses said Stiviano was leaving a restaurant with several companions when she was attacked by two men who punched her in the face and shouted racial insults. Stiviano's companions reportedly fought off the two attackers but police were not called.
Her attorney said in a statement: "Two white men descended on her and they knew exactly who she was. She is obviously very scared about her well being."
She flew to New York to appear on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.
New York Police Chief Bill Bratton said, "I wasn't even aware she was in town. We would have hoped that she would stay on the West Coast."
Stiviano triggered a scandal when she recorded Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks, but a video just posted on TMZ showed her making racially offensive remarks herself. In the video she said, "I don't understand black people. The minute you give them a little bit of money, they don't know what to do with it.”
The video was shot in 2011 for a reality show about gold diggers. In the video she said, "They're like ‘Yo, I’m going to put some rims on top of my rims and my rims are going to turn around so I’m going to call them what? Spinners? That's how much money I have and they do stupid ____ like that. When there's people starving around the world. That's what people want to do with their money?"
Before leaving for New York, Stiviano was spotted being pampered in a nail salon in Los Angeles. She had this to say about those racially-charged remarks, saying, “Isn't it comedy? I thought it was comedy.”
In a shocking twist, Donald Sterling was seen attending a Baptist church with a mainly black congregation on Sunday, apparently seeking forgiveness for his notorious remarks. Sterling sat in the front row and was given a warm reception by the congregation.