NEW YORK (AP) – New York City police have arrested a man for allegedly assaulting the woman who recorded Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments.
Police say 40-year-old Dominick Diorio, of Old Bethpage, was arrested Tuesday on charges of third-degree assault as a hate crime, assault, harassment and aggravated harassment. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.
Police say V. Stiviano told detectives on Monday that she was assaulted the night before by two men who may have made racial slurs outside the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Stiviano is of black and Mexican descent.
Stiviano's audio recording of the Clippers owner led to his being banned from the NBA. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the Clippers for $2 billion.
Stiviano's lawyer Mac Nehoray provided the Daily Mail with images allegedly show extensive bruising across the right side of the 31-year-old's face.
One photograph, taken after Sunday's alleged assault outside the Gansevoort Hotel, shows a stunned Stiviano has what appears to be a large red mark burgeoning from her eye down to her chin. Another, which was presumably taken the day after, Stiviano's face seems to be painfully swollen, especially around her cheek.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.