Details emerged Thursday about a previous legal imbroglio between Donald Sterling, his wife and another woman that bears striking similarities to the March lawsuit that appears to have triggered events leading to the Clippers’ owner’s banishment from the NBA.
In a series of suits a decade ago in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Beverly Hills billionaire and his wife, Shelly, accused a woman named Alexandra Castro of being a “gold digger” and demanded that she return a million-dollar house on Rodeo Drive purchased with the Sterlings’ money.
Castro, Shelly Sterling alleged in a 2003 lawsuit, “lures wealthy, older men in to her web of deceit by offering them economic opportunities, then sexual favors and then attempts to fleece them and their assets.”
Castro, the daughter of a Colombian immigrant who had worked at Taco Bell and as a secretary in the years before she met the real estate mogul, maintained that the home had been a gift during a three-year affair that was well known to his wife and other Sterling family members. She said Sterling claimed his five-decade marriage was a “business relationship” in which they slept in separate bedrooms in their Malibu mansion and openly carried on affairs with others, according to court documents.
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