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Judge refuses gag order in harassment suit against Clippers owner

December 18, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An effort by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to silence attorneys in a sexual harassment lawsuit against him failed Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian denied a motion by Sterling’s attorneys because he found ``no legal cause″ for a gag order.

Sterling’s attorneys asked the judge to seal all depositions and discovery and to prohibit any agents or attorneys from speaking or writing about the case.

Christine Jaksy, who worked as a property management consultant for Sterling, claims she quit after he repeatedly offered her money in exchange for sex, then asked her to recruit sexual partners.

Jaksy claims Sterling, who also has a law firm and real estate company bearing his name, offered her a $300 to $400 a week raise for sex.

The lawsuit, filed April 3, is scheduled to go to trial next April.

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