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BREAKING: Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, OKs $2B sale of Clippers

A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling at a Los Angeles Clippers game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling at a Los Angeles Clippers game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife in the case that arose after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks…(read more)


Sterling Trial: Donald Takes the Stand


[VIDEO] Robert Holguin’s report at abc7.com

LOS ANGELES (KABC) For abc7 reports: The day was described as intense, and at times bizarre and comedic. But almost every time Donald was asked a question, it resulted in a very angry response.

When Donald took the stand, he insulted his wife

On many occasions, Donald would deviate from the original line of questioning and would often insult his wife Shelly’s attorney. His answers at times were also very sarcastic.

“My wife can’t run anything. She’s beautiful and I love her, but she can’t run anything. I’m trying to generate as much success and revenue for my trust.”

— Donald Sterling

In one emotional moment during a break in court, Shelly walked over to Donald and hugged him. He then kissed her hand.

[Also see – Sterling Trial Begins; Donald Not Present]

But when Donald took the stand, he insulted his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

Sterling Trial Begins; Donald Not Present


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — For ABC7 Robert Holguin reports: After a morning delay, the trial that could make or break the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers got underway on Monday. But, Donald Sterling was nowhere to be found.


[VIDEO] Watch Robert Holguin’s report here.

The legal battle between Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, was caught in a “procedural limbo” during the morning session, after his attorneys filed a motion to shift the case to federal court.

But a federal judge ruled the case did not belong in federal court and sent it back to probate court.

When the trial finally started late in the afternoon, attorneys wanted to hear first from Donald Sterling, who was not there. Read the rest of this entry »

LAPD: Justin Bieber Accused of Attempted Robbery


Los Angeles police said Tuesday night that detectives were interviewing a victim of an alleged attempted robbery by Justin Bieber.

“He has been accused of attempted robbery.”

— Officer Rosario Herrera, Los Angeles Police Department

Officer Herrera said the incident allegedly took place around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the LAPDs Devonshire Division, which includes Northridge and other parts of the San Fernando Valley…(read more)

Los Angeles Times

Attorney: 3rd Party Leaked Sterling Recording


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tami Abdollah reports: An attorney representing the woman Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks said Thursday that the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ.

V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who released them without her permission, lawyer Siamak Nehoray said. He would not identify the friend.

Nehoray said she sent snippets of the conversation recorded on her phone electronically to her friend for safekeeping in case anything happened, but only two went through, Nehoray said.

He wouldn’t elaborate on what prompted her to send the recordings. Read the rest of this entry »

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TMZ Official: No Comment on Whether We Paid for Sterling Audio


For the Washington PostErik Wemple writes: Ever since TMZ posted on Friday night its story about the recorded racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to V. Stiviano, news outlets had taken to calling those comments “alleged.” That’s an important bit of caution, given how easy it is for people to alter, fabricate and otherwise doctor audio — or anything that bubbles up on the Internet.

“The reason we were able to secure the tape is based purely on fact that we have an experienced news desk that has spent the years building a solid network of sources and contacts, and the fact that we got the tape was the result of those relationships over the years.”

— Evan Rosenblum, executive producer of TMZ

Yet Evan Rosenblum, executive producer of TMZ and TMZ Sports, didn’t put much credence in the whole “alleged” thing. “We spent eight days” vetting the tape before publication, “contacting everybody under the sun and doing our due diligence trying to vet this thing. It didn’t go up on the Web site until we were 100 percent sure it was authentic.”

After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today banned Sterling from the league, those “allegeds” will find their way to a speedy extinction. Read the rest of this entry »