Man Arrested for Assaulting V. Stiviano

V. Stiviano burst onto the world stage recently when she allegedly released a recording which contained audio of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling ranting that he did not want her to bring black people to his games. While in New York to film an interview recently, Stiviano was allegedly assaulted by a man outside the Gansevoort Hotel. Now, a New York man has been arrested in connection with the assault, and is being charged with hate crimes.

In early June 40 year-old Old Bethpage resident Dominick Diorio was arrested in connection with the Stiviano assault. Apparently he and a group of friends spotted Stiviano as she walked in the city and put his cell phone up to take a picture. Stiviano reportedly knocked his phone out of his hand. Diorio, along with another man and a woman, then allegedly followed Stiviano. After berating her verbally, Diorio allegedly struck her after she entered a taxi cab.

Diorio is being charged with third degree assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and assault.

31 year-old Stiviano was reportedly "banged up" in the altercation, but is doing "OK."

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Categories: Assault, Criminal Defense