The past of V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal, has surfaced… and it appears she has a criminal record dating back to 2002 under various aliases.
Now, according to TMZ.com, she’s under criminal investigation for allegedly trying to extort money from the Clippers owner, in exchange for not leaking any further audio from the 100-plus hours of audiotape she has of the two of them talking.
Most of you have already heard a small portion, which was leaked to TMZ, in which Sterling is heard making racist comments about minorities — in particular, African-Americans. The leak has sparked a firestorm, which has resulted in the businessman being banned from the NBA for life.
As far as Stiviano’s past, the 31-year-old has previously went by the aliases Maria Valdez, Maria Vanessa Perez, Mariamonica Perez Gallegos, Vanessa Maria Perez and Monica Gallegos — many of which, she has a criminal record under, including a DUI arrest, drug possession, petty theft and burglary.
The L.A. County D.A.’s Bureau of Investigation has already contacted Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, about the situation… and the legality of how the tapes were recorded is also being looked into.
In California, it is illegal to record someone without their consent.
Below is Stiviano’s rap sheet (via TMZ):
2002 — Stiviano was arrested by LAPD for petty theft. The official documents — obtained by TMZ — show she was a 5’4″ 128 lb Hispanic woman named Vanessa Maria Perez. She was convicted and placed on probation.
2004 — Stiviano was arrested by Santa Monica PD for another petty theft and felony burglary. Her name was Vanessa Maria Perez (same as the first) but this time she’s taller and thinner — a 5’8″ 115 lb Hispanic woman.
2010 — Stiviano was arrested by LAPD for possession of a controlled substance — a felony. This time she’s Vanessa Maria Perez again, but she’s black, weighing in at 5’7″ and 125 lbs.
2012 — Stiviano was busted by CHP for DUI. This time she was booked as Monica Gallegos, a 5’7″ 110 lb black woman. We don’t know the disposition.