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An attorney representing V. Stiviano in the Donald Sterling controversy said Thursday that the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last year and was given to  a friend for safekeeping.

We have learned that the friend was the one who then leaked the racial comments to TMZ.

V. Stiviano sent two snippets of the racial conversation, recorded in her Los Angeles duplex, to a friend who gave them out without the 31-year-olds permission, lawyer Siamak Nehoray said. The name of the friend will not be identified at this time.

Nehoray revealed that the snippets of the conversation were recorded on her phone electronically to her friend for safekeeping in case anything happened, only two recordings went through when V. Stiviano sent them

Details are unknown on why Stiviano sent the recordings, but according to foxsports, Stiviano is upset that the recordings went public via TMZ.

“She’s a young girl thrown in the middle of this thing, unwillingly,” Nehoray said. “She didn’t release the tape. She gave it to somebody for safe keeping. It was unfortunate that it was released. It’s a lot to deal with.”

Nehoray said a third person witnessed the conversation, but she wants to remain anonymous.

Nehoray said the racial remarks and conversation was recorded in September 2013 after Sterling and Stiviano spent the day together; they were at her place so that  Sterling could take a break.

“It was by mutual agreement that it was going to be recorded,” he said. “There was nothing going on back then. There was no lawsuit. There was no rift. In October he threw a birthday party for her even.”