Former owner of Clipper Donald Sterling filed for divorce on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Donald Sterling has filed for divorce with estranged wife Shelly Sterling after about 60 years of marriage. He filed for divorce on Wednesday and still continues to battle her over the ownership of the team.
Sterling, 81, has cited irreconcilable differences in the paperwork that he submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Initially the paperwork was rejected by the court but was resubmitted after it was corrected.
Apart from this Sterling has filed a petition in the probate court for an accounting and distribution of assets among the couple. The distribution relates to the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to none other than the ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling has claimed right to half of the community property.
Donald Sterling has already sued his wife and the NBA in federal court over the sale of the team, according to ESPN. Donald’s wife had made the deal with Ballmer after Donald was found incompetent to handle his business deals by doctors.
Shelly sterling had explained in April that she had only received her half of the $2 billion sale of the team. According to her the other billion is stuck until Donald signs off on the sale and drops the case against the NBA.
Shelly also stated that of the $1 billion transferred to her she paid $600 million in taxes and legal fees. Moreover Donald Sterling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini stated that his client did not get a single penny from the sale of the team. He stated this was the reason behind Donald filing for an accounting of assets.
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These two filings by Donald come just two weeks after a court ordered V. Stiviano to turn over the keys of a $1.8 million house and pay Shelly $800,000. The house had been a gift to her by Donald Sterling. Stiviano is a woman whom Shelly Sterling alleged was her husband’s mistress.