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V. Stiviano gives first interview to Barbara Walters -- VIDEO

Barbara Walters may be retiring from television in a couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean she’s phoning it in these last few days. On Friday, the journalist known for landing big, exclusive interviews added another name to that list: V. Stiviano, the woman whose recording of a racist rant¬†by Donald Sterling led to the Los Angeles Clippers owner receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA.

“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” Stiviano, 31, told Walters in a 20/20 interview that aired last night. “I think he was brought up to believe these things…segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”

The conversation in question involves Sterling, 80, scolding Stiviano, instructing her not to “promote”¬†images of herself with black people, including basketball legend Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers games. Stiviano’s attorney claims a third party leaked the recording of that conversation, which led to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling from the league, fining him $2.5 million, and urging other owners to force him to sell the team. READ FULL STORY


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