V. Stiviano Opens Up On ABC News With Barbara Walters About Donald Sterling’s Racist Rant

V. Stiviano, the personal assistant of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, isn&#39t his mistress. No, she&#39s his “silly rabbit.”

Stiviano spoke to ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview, shedding light on her relationship with the 81 year old.

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Stiviano also discussed perceived misconceptions about her role in the leak of the recording and what she thinks of the backlash that Sterling has faced for his racial remarks about African-Americans.

Read some excerpts from the interview:

On Her Relationship with Sterling

Stiviano said the biggest misconception about her is that she is Sterling&#39s mistress, instead saying she&#39s his personal assistant.

“I’m Mr. Sterling’s right-hand arm man. I’m Mr. Sterling’s everything. I’m his confidant, his best friend, his silly rabbit,” said Stiviano.

When pressed by Walters to explain just what being a “silly rabbit” entails, Stiviano laughed.

“That’s what I call myself. I joke around and I make him laugh. I do things that some people find very silly,” said Stiviano. “Sometimes people can’t understand.”

She’s Not In Love With Him

When Walters asked Stiviano if she was in love with Sterling, Stiviano said no.

“I love him. I love him like a father figure. I love him like, just like a father figure,” she said.

Whether Donald Sterling is a Racist

When asked by Walters if she thinks Sterling is a racist, Stiviano said no.

“I don’t believe it in my heart,” said Stiviano. “I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment.”

Although Stiviano admitted she had heard Sterling make offensive comments regarding race before, she maintained he was not racist.

“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than from the one I am. I think he was brought up to believe those things … segregation, whites and blacks,” said Stiviano. “Through his actions, he’s shown he’s not a racist. Through his actions, he’s shown to be a generous and kind man.”

On Sterling’s State of Mind

“Confused, I think he feels very alone. Not truly supported by those around him,” Stiviano told Walters.

Although Stiviano told Walters that she thinks Sterling should apologize for his comments, she doesn’t know if he will.

“Only God knows,” she said.

Why She Wore the Famous Visor

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Stiviano explained that her now famous headwear was a way to hide from intense media scrutiny of the last week.

“I&#39m hurting. I&#39m in pain,” Stiviano said. “It hurts to see someone that you care about hurting. It hurts to see people speculate, assume, say – throw darts at you when they don&#39t know you, when they don&#39t know your story, when they don&#39t know the truth – all based on hearsay and assumptions. It hurts. It&#39s easier to mask the pain.”

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