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Woman Who Recorded Donald Sterling Says He’s Not a Racist But Should Apologize

The woman who secretly recorded Donald Sterling’s racist rant that ended up getting him banned for life from the NBA says the Clippers owner is not a racist and wants him to apologize.

V. Stiviano was interviewed by Barbara Walters in an exclusive that was televised Friday night on ABC.

"I think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself," she added. "I think he can?t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he's hurt by it. He's hurting right now."

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Stiviano, who identifies herself as being both black and Mexican, has been avoiding the media since the recordings were made public last week.

REFILE - FIXING KEYWORDS Model who uses the name V. Stiviano walks outside her home in Los Angeles, California April 28, 2014. Los Angeles Clippers players staged a protest at a playoff game on Sunday against racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling, turning their warm-up jerseys inside-out to hide the team name before a loss to the Golden State Warriors. The silent demonstration came as Sterling faced a firestorm of criticism over a 10-minute recording obtained by celebrity news website TMZ in which a man reported to be the NBA owner tells Stiviano not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games. "Mr Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life," Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY SPORT BASKETBALL)
V. Stiviano wore a visor to hide her face while being swarmed by the media.REUTERS

On the tapes, Sterling can be heard making comments disapproving of Stiviano’s relationships with black people and telling her not to bring “them” to any Clippers games.

Stiviano told Walters that she and Sterling had discussed similar race issues before. She also admitted to personally recording the audio but said that one of her friends leaked it to the media.

"There?s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many," she said. "Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There's a number of other hours that the world doesn't know."

Stiviano maintained that Sterling, who told her “it bothers me a lot that you want to promo broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” is not a racist.

She defended Sterling’s words by saying that he is “from a different generation.”

Stiviano also refuted claims that she is romantically involved with Sterling.

Stiviano denied having a romantic relationship with Sterling, saying she is his personal assistant and sees Sterling as "a father figure" -- calling herself his "silly rabbit." She claims that people around Sterling would say negative things about her to him, saying they "poison his mind and heart about things about me," which would drive him to say certain things.

A portion of the interview can be seen in the above video.

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