Crime & Justice

Stiviano suit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.
A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.
Danny Moloshok/AP

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.

Judge Richard Fruin said last week he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelley Sterling's lawyer.

The judge found that V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Shelley Sterling called her a thief and an embezzler in public forums. He said that while Stiviano claimed she was defamed in hundreds if not thousands of publications, she did not present a single quotation to support her claim.

Attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who convinced the judge to dismiss, says Stiviano's suit was an act of desperation. Shelley Sterling is suing her for return of $2.5 million in gifts from her husband.