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Man that allegedly attacked V. Stiviano outside NYC hotel charged with hate crime

Posted: 9:49 AM, Jun 03, 2014
Updated: 2014-06-03 09:49:12-04
Don Sterling V. Stiviano

Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers and V. Stiviano watch the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo/Getty)

(CNN/PIX11) — One of the men believed by police to be involved in an attack on V. Stiviano, whose audio recording of Donald Sterling ranting against African-Americans led to his NBA lifetime ban, surrendered Tuesday to police, a New York Police Department official familiar with the investigation told CNN.

The NYPD confirms that 40-year-old Dominick Diorio of Old Bethpage has since been charged with assault as a hate crime and harassment, as well as several other charges.

The development comes a day after Stiviano filed a formal police complaint in the alleged assault Sunday outside a New York hotel.

Stiviano says two men followed her yelling racial slurs, then punched her several times. The hits left the right side of her face red and swollen, he said.

The assault took place as Stiviano was leaving a restaurant by the Gansevoort Hotel with her sister and friends.

The incident comes after video surfaced on TMZ that showed Stiviano making disparaging remarks about African-Americans.

I don’t understand black people. You give them a little bit of money, they don’t know what to do with it,” she says in the video that purportedly dates back to 2011 as part of a reality show pilot, TMZ said.

CNN reached out to Nehoray for comment on the video but has not received a response.

Earlier, Stiviano recorded Sterling’s inflammatory remarks, which spawned outrage among NBA fans, players and executives.

In the recording, Sterling chastises Stiviano for posting pictures online of herself with African-Americans, including NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He tells her not to bring Johnson to Clippers games.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league, fined him $2.5 million and pushed through a charge to terminate all of his ownership rights in the franchise.