Police officers have arrested a Long Island man accused of physically attacking and shouting racial epithets at V.Stiviano, the woman who brought down NBA billionaire Donald Sterling.
Reportedly, the man’s name is Dominick Diorio. He has been charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. Police say that he and an accomplice jumped V. Stiviano outside the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District (in NYC) on Sunday.
According to The New York Daily News, Diorio was identified through surveillance video and then by Stiviano in a lineup. He surrendered to cops Monday.
So what actually happened? Allegedly, he and his friend were apparently drunk when they began harassing Stiviano, as she dined near the hotel. Officials and her attorney said the men followed her outside and hurled slurs as they punched her in the head and face. Stiviano’s lawyer said in a statement:
As Ms. Stiviano was getting inside a cab, one of the assailants punched her in the face, calling her a “f—— n—– bitch. Moments later, Ms. Stiviano was punched again by the same person while he was yelling, ‘I am going to slaughter you.’