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Dominick Diorio accused of assaulting V. Stiviano in Meatpacking District

A lawyer for Vivian Stiviano said she was

A lawyer for Vivian Stiviano said she was assaulted outside the Hotel Gansevoort on Sunday, but police said they have no record of an assault. Photo Credit: Google

An Old Bethpage man has been charged with assaulting V. Stiviano, the woman who recorded Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments, outside a hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.

Dominick Diorio, 40, of 1 Fairway Dr., surrendered to Nassau County police outside his house at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and was turned over to NYPD detectives, a police official said.

An NYPD spokesman said Diorio was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, as well as one count of aggravated harassment and harassment. One of the assault charges is a hate crime, police said, the result of alleged racial slurs shouted by Diorio and a second suspect still at-large during the attack on Stiviano outside the Gansevoort Hotel on Ninth Avenue on Sunday.

Stiviano, 31, had filed a complaint with the NYPD on Monday, claiming she was assaulted the night before by two men.

The attorney representing Stiviano, Mac Nehoray, said in a statement that the two men allegedly yelled the racial slurs at Stiviano as she left the hotel restaurant at about 7 p.m. and said one of the men then punched her in the face as she was getting into a cab, allegedly yelling, "I am going to slaughter you," as he punched her again.

"The whole right side of her face was black and blue," Nehoray said, noting Stiviano was in town for an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The attack was reported to the NYPD's Sixth Precinct.

It was not clear if Diorio was represented by an attorney.

Arraignment details were not immediately available.

Stiviano has said she is black and Mexican. A police spokesman would only say the slurs were "racial in nature."

It was Stiviano's audio recording of a conversation with Sterling that captured the 80-year-old billionaire owner making racist remarks that led to him being banned in April by the NBA. Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer agreed last week to buy the team for a record $2 billion, pending league approval.


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