Former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a lawsuit against TMZ.com and ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano over the recording of their leaked conversations, where he makes derogatory remarks.
The 81-year-old filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (August 7), claiming both the website and Stiviano violated his privacy and caused damage on a “scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude.”
The recordings at the center of the lawsuit, which leaked last April, features Sterling telling Stiviano that he didn’t want her to associate with black people in public.
Stiviano has claimed that she had Sterling’s approval to record the conversation, while Sterling maintains that it was a private conversation, which she did not have permission to record.
The remarks caused an uproar, which eventually led to him receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA and led to his estranged wife Shelly selling the team owned by a family trust to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.