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Clippers Owner Sued for Sexual Harassment

April 4, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A woman who used to work for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling filed a sexual harassment suit against Sterling on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Christine Jaksy claims she quit her job after Sterling repeatedly offered her money to have sex with him, then asked her to recruit sexual partners. Jaksy seeks unspecified damages.

Joe Safety, the Clippers vice president of communications, said the team was not aware of the lawsuit and ``would not comment, in any case.″

Sterling, who also has a law firm and a real estate company bearing his name, could not be reached for comment.

``It was an extremely difficult decision for (Jaksy) to make and it was the right thing to do,″ lawyer Natasha Roit said of the filing of the lawsuit. ``It’s not the first time he’s done this.″

Roit said Jaksy was a property management consultant for Donald T. Sterling Inc., real estate.

``She was working with the other enterprises, but parts of her responsibilities were interconnected (with the Clippers),″ Roit said.

Roit is also one of the lawyers representing Nicole Brown Simpson’s family in its wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of her murder last October.

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