V. Stiviano, the visor-clad woman whose leaked recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks transformed her into a tabloid-ready celebrity, was reportedly assaulted by two men in New York City on Sunday.
Mac Nehoray, Stiviano’s lawyer, told the New York Daily News that the men attacked his client as she left a restaurant in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The two men, each of whom were white, reportedly called her the N-word and used other racist language during the altercation.
“The two men who attacked her punched her on the right side of her face several times,” Nehoray told the newspaper.
A bouncer from the nearby Gansevoort Hotel who witnessed the attack said that Stiviano was caught in the middle of a fight between the two men. Stiviano’s role in the fight is not yet clear.
The 31-year-old reportedly saw a doctor after the attack, but has yet to file a police report.
The attack on Stiviano was first reported by Radar Online, who also spoke to Nehoray. Stiviano’s lawyer told the website that “two white men descended on her” as she was leaving the Gansevoort Hotel.
“They were about 5’7” and they knew exactly who she was,” he said. “They began to hit her and called her the N word. […] Other disgusting slurs were made against her. She was able to run away and several onlookers then began attempting to apprehend the two men.”
Nehoray confirmed that Stiviano had not yet filed a police report, but said that she “will probably do so [but] her immediate reaction was to run away from the attackers and get to safety.”
Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after a recording of a phone conversation he had with Stiviano was obtained by TMZ. During the call, Sterling made several disparaging statements about African-Americans, including NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Stiviano will appear on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday night.