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V. Stiviano Explains: She Was Merely Donald Sterling's 'Beard Mistress'

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V. Stiviano says she and Donald Sterling are just buds and she's his beard (Photo via Instagram)
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Well, this is a new twist. The visor-wearing V. Stiviano claims in legal docs filed that she never slept with Donald Sterling. She says the embattled and racist former Clippers owner is gay and she's been his beard all along. (Yes, the word "beard" is actually used in the legal filing.)

"V.S. was D.T.S’s beard for three years prior to the filing of suit," according to the filing. "V.S. is informed and believes that (Sterling) is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males."

This comes on the heels of Stiviano's interview with Barbara Walters in May where she said, "I'm his confidante, his best friend...his silly rabbit." She did mention at the time that she never had sex with him and she saw him as a "father figure."

Stiviano filed these new legal docs in response to Donald's wife Shelly Sterling's lawsuit alleging that Stiviano was a gold digger preying on her husband, according to TMZ. Shelly says Stiviano made out with a Ferrari, $240,000 cash, and a $1.8 million house from the family trust.

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But Stiviano says that Shelly knew about it all along. Shelly was "acutely aware of [Donald's] sexual orientation and condoned same as well as acknowledged and approved [Donald's] gifts of money [to Stiviano]," the docs claims.

Stiviano argues those gifts came from Donald's separate account. And is now also suing the Sterlings and the Clippers for slander, saying they have shamed her and ruined her sparkling reputation. She wants no less than $10 million.