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V. Stiviano has been at the center of the Donald Sterling controversy ever since audiotape leaked of a conversation she had with the L.A. Clippers owner, while he espoused racist views.
Sterling has since been banned from the NBA and is being pressured to sell his team.
Other than being seen out in public wearing a face visor, Stiviano has kept a low profile until her interview with Barbara Walters on Friday, May 2.
Is the married 80-year old business mogul her sugar daddy? Is she a well paid call girl? Did she leak the tape? These are questions many people want answers to. Stiviano provided answers to some of them.
"I'm his confidant, his best friend, his silly rabbit," she told Barbara. "Our relationship stared off me working for Mr. Sterling - his non-profit organization. The Donald T. Sterling Foundation, and it evolved to so much more. On a level which has become a big scandal. How and why doesn't even matter any more, it's here. And some things needed to be brought to the light."
Stiviano says despite what is heard on the tapes Sterling is not a racist.
"I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment," she continued. “I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”
The 31-year old admits to taping the conversations, but claims that they were leaked by a friend. Stiviano thinks Sterling should apologize for his comments, however she's not sure if he will.
"Only God knows," she said.
She insists the two have never had a sexual relationship. Prior to her conversation with Walters, Stiviano had just left a meeting with Sterling.
"I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself. I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now."