Ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling will give a deposition related to a lawsuit filed by his wife, who alleges his former confidante is in wrongful possession of cash, real estate, cars and other community property belonging to the couple, an attorney told a judge Tuesday.

Lawyer Douglas Walton said his client will be at the law offices of Shelly Sterling’s lawyers on Tuesday to be questioned by them as well as by Mac Nehoray, who filed the deposition motion on behalf of defendant V. Stiviano.

Nehoray said the billionaire was personally served with a deposition subpoena on Jan. 23 by a friend of Stiviano, who was once Sterling’s frequent courtside companion at Clippers games. But Walton said the subpoena was simply thrown at a car that may or may not have been moving, and therefore the service was improper.

Walton said that although he and Donald Sterling still believe service of the subpoena was not done properly, the real estate mogul has agreed to be questioned anyway.

Donald Sterling is not a party to the case, but Nehoray said he wants to ask him whether he gave the items in question as gifts to Stiviano and whether his wife knew of the transfers.

Trial of the case is tentatively scheduled for March 25. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys want a non-jury trial, but Nehoray said he and Stiviano prefer that a panel of citizens decide whether she is obligated to return the items as the plaintiff alleges.

Stiviano, who has used the names Vanessa Perez, Monica Gallegos and Maria Valdez, met Sterling at the February 2010 Super Bowl and began a sexual relationship with him that year, according to the lawsuit filed last March.

In interviews following the release of racially charged Donald Sterling recordings — which earned him a lifetime ban from the NBA and led to the $2 billion sale of the Clippers — Stiviano denied having a sexual relationship with him. Sterling, however, described his comments on the tapes as being the result of a heated exchange during a “lovers’ quarrel.”

City News Service

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