V. Stiviano: Donald Sterling is gay and I was his beard By Joe Tacopino August 21, 2014 | 8:22pm Photo: (Left) AP, (right) Splash News Donald Sterling’s former gal pal claims the race-baiting Clippers owner is a homosexual and used her as “beard,” according to a report. V. Stiviano claims in a new lawsuit that she never slept with Sterling and he employed the leggy “personal assistant” to cover up the fact that he is gay, according to TMZ. The suit states that Stiviano believes Sterling “is a homosexual and enjoys sexual acts and or sexual congress with males,” the site said. The lawsuit was filed in L.A. County Superior Court against Sterling’s wife. Shelly Sterling has accused Stiviano of accepting lavish gifts from the billionaire which was he was not entitled to give away.