A woman claiming to be the ex-lover of Donald Sterling, the disgraced basketball-team owner who was recently barred from the NBA for life after making racist comments, launched a suit against the 80-year-old on Monday for alleged racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
Maiko Maya King says she faced a “steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments” both during their claimed relationship from 2005 to 2011 and after, when she was employed by Sterling as a personal assistant and caretaker.
The lawsuit asserts that Sterling made comments about King’s African-American husband, like, “Why would you bring black people into the world?” and “I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world.” The former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers also allegedly said, “Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope.”
King further claims that Sterling “dangled money only if she would have sex with him” and that he would give her bonuses if she could “help him to perform sexually.” When she protested against the harassment on May 7, 2014, he fired her.
The complaint seeks compensatory damages for continued pain, mental suffering and extreme mental anguish.