Donald Sterling Companion V. Stiviano Attacked in NYC: Lawyer

Stiviano was leaving a restaurant when two males approached her and “punched her on the right side of her face several times,” Stiviano's lawyer, Mac Nehorary, said to NBC News.

Monday, Jun 2, 2014  |  Updated 9:55 AM EDT
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V. Stiviano, the companion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was attacked by two men in Manhattan Sunday evening, her lawyer confirmed to NBC News.

Stiviano was leaving a restaurant when two men approached her and “punched her on the right side of her face several times,” Stiviano's lawyer, Mac Nehorary, told NBC News.

Celebrity website originally reported the story. According to the website, Stiviano, who has described herself as black and Mexican, was attacked by two white men who hit her and yelled racial slurs at her.

The site also claimed that Stiviano was accompanied by friends, but became separated from them as she was leaving the restaurant.

“The story is true,” Nehorary said to NBC News of the report.

Last month, Stiviano was also the target of an apparent burglary attempt.

Stiviano gained notoriety after a recorded conversation between her and Sterling was posted online by TMZ Sports in which Sterling can be heard criticizing Stiviano about bringing black friends to Clippers games. He was also heard chastising her for posting a photo on Instagram with Magic Johnson.

On Friday, Sterling filed a lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages from the NBA after being forced to relinquish control of team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has fined Sterling $2.5 million and sought to ban him for life from the league.

On Sunday, Sterling attended a predominantly black church service on an invitation from a pastor who said he should be forgiven.

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