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As it turns out, King and Sterling had a "romantic relationship" from 2005 to 2011. The lawsuit states "[Sterling] supported her financially and she worked for him and his foundation." The lawsuit also claims that at some point, she left her job at the foundation, and he "dangled money only if she would have sex with him." When she began working for him again, he withheld wages for sex, and he fired her when she refused.
King also claims that Sterling said "black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope."
Sterling's lawyer replied to the lawsuit, "Anyone objectively reviewing Ms. King's claims will have no doubt that they are without merit."
Considering the curious timing — it has been over three years since the majority of the actions alleged occurred — King's lawsuit does look like an attempt to capitalize his public troubles and may not hold up. It has yet to be revealed how much King is seeking in damages, but whatever it is, Sterling certainly has the money. Today the NBA is set to approve the sale of the Clippers for $2 billion.
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