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Donald Sterling, Clippers owner, hit with lawsuit

Shelly Sterling and her husband, Los Angeles Clippers

Shelly Sterling and her husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, at a Clippers NBA game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, 2010. Credit: AP

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been sued by a woman who alleges that while employed by him they had a romantic relationship and that she was subjected to racially and sexually offensive comments.

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Maiko Maya King's resistance to Sterling's "stream of racist and sexist taunts" caused him to retaliate against her and terminate her employment.

King was previously married to a black man and had two children. Sterling allegedly asked her: "How could you be married to a black man?" and "Why would you bring black people into the world?"

Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA for publicized racist remarks.

His attorneys didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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