The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing new accusations of racism and claims of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by a woman once employed as his personal assistant.

The complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Sterling fired Maiko May King as his personal assistant and caretaker in May because she objected to the “steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments” he made to her.

The suit, in which King is represented by attorney Gloria Allred, comes after Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver over racially charged remarks that sparked outrage when they became public.

The NBA was taking steps to oust Sterling as an owner when his wife, Shelly Sterling, struck a deal last week to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer for $2 million.

That deal must still be approved by the NBA board of governors.

According to the complaint, King was romantically involved with Sterling from 2005 through 2011, working for the Donald T. Sterling Corporation.

During that time King, who was married to a black man and had two children, argued with Sterling “about his racist views,” the lawsuit says, adding that Sterling once asked her “Why would you bring black people into the world?”

Sterling and King broke up in 2011, but when King’s father died in 2013 she reached out to Sterling, and began working for him again, performing such tasks as taking the 80-year-old real estate tycoon to doctor appointments and accompanying him to business meetings.

However, the suit alleges that Sterling failed to live up to his agreement to pay her $10,000 a month and “dangled money only if she would have sex with him.”

King also alleges that Sterling would humiliate her by groping her in public, creating “an intimidating, oppressive, hostile and offensive work environment based upon sex.”

Bobby Samini, a lawyer acting for Sterling, said in a statement the lawsuit was “baseless.”

“She was never employed by Donald Sterling. Her claim was obviously prompted by opportunistic motives.”

AFP Photo/Robyn Beck

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

David Perdue
David Perdue

With most conservative candidates in primary races across the country pledging allegiance to former President Trump and disseminating his Big Lie, what is a Republican candidate to do to get ahead? Why, just accuse their Republican opponent of having ties to China, of course!

Spurious, misleading, and even exaggerated accusations of connections with China are a source of anxiety for Republicans in the 2022 races, while campaign strategists and candidates have labeled such allegations a “prime attack in a Republican primary,” according to the Washington Post.

Keep reading... Show less

John Eastman

Former Trump attorney John Eastman used his University of Colorado email account to collude with a Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania to formulate a pretext to seat Trump electors in a state Joe Biden won by nearly 82,000 votes. It was a last ditch-bid to overturn the 2020 presidential election, new emails obtained by the House Select Committee show.

Eastman devised a sinister idea to label tens of thousands of absentee ballots illegitimate, thus giving then-President Trump the state’s popular vote lead. This method, Eastman proposed, “would help provide some cover,” beneath which Republicans could swap Biden’s electors with sham electors for Trump who would subvert the 2020 elections.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}