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welcome to "world news." tonight from washington, the barbara walters exclusive. for the first time, the woman who recorded the owner of the l.a. clippers coming forward. why did she record him, will he apologize and she answers this -- >> is donald sterling a racist? >> plus the explosive reaction pouring in tonight from the fans. the new message from the kremlin and what is putin planning now after the deadliest 24 hours in the crises in ukraine. what will president obama do? our chief white house correspondent standing by. close watch tonight over the american patient in quarantine after the deadly mers virus arrives in america. what is it and can it be stopped. our medical team reporting in. and the belle of the ball. the high school sports star who stunned everyone at the prom with his date. >> our next couple of the evening, dolores pendleton
escorted by austin pendleton. >> the great grandmother, the greatest date of all? good evening tonight from washington and it's great to have you with us here on a saturday night. we begin with that exclusive interview with the mystery woman at the center of that racial firestorm. v. stiviano who hid behind a visor after recording a conversation with l.a. clippers owner donald sterling now coming forward for the first time, taking off the visor and answering the questions so many of you have had. what was her motive for recording sterling and what will he do next. reaction from the fans coming in just as the clippers take to the court this evening for a make or break game. we begin with barbara walters one-on-one with the woman who recorded the owner of that team. >> you say that donald sterling
is emotionally traumatized. from what? >> from everything. from everyone. from the media. from his peers. from his fellow employees. from his acquaintances. he's hurt. i think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself. i think he can't even believe or understand sometimes the things he says, and i think he's hurt by it. he's hurting right now. >> do you think that donald sterling should apologize? >> absolutely. >> did you discuss this with him? >> yes. >> will he apologize? >> only god knows.
>> these things that he said to you were recorded. did you know that? >> yes. i recorded them. >> but how did they become public information? someone leaked the audio or sold the audio or gave the audio to what i believe to be tmz. a friend or a so-called friend of mine. i was planning on quitting working with mr. sterling a few months back and everyone including my friends and family would always ask me why? why and why? i shared the audio with them where they can empathize and sympathize my feelings, my way of being. >> is donald sterling a racist? >> no, i don't believe that in my heart. >> have you heard him say derogatory things about minorities in general and blacks
in particular? >> absolutely. >> you've heard him say derogatory things? >> yes. >> don't they sound racist to you? >> i think the things he says are not what he feels. anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment. >> not everybody makes alleged racist remarks in the heat of the moment. sometimes in the heat of the moment you say things -- >> that you mean. >> that you mean. >> or that you feel. >> yes. explain how he says these things. >> i think mr. sterling is from a different generation than i am. i think he was brought up to believe those things. if he was a real racist then why would he help the world the way that he has? >> can you tell me what your relationship with donald sterling is. >> i'm his confidante, his best friend, his silly rabbit. >> his what? >> his silly rabbit.
>> his silly rabbit, is that what he calls you? >> no. i call myself. >> are you in love with donald sterling? >> i love him. >> i'm not sure that's what i asked. are you in love? >> no, i'm not in love. >> you love him, what, like a friend, a romance? >> i love him like a father figure. >> like a father. do you and donald sterling have a financial arrangement? you say you're his assistant. does he pay you? >> yes. >> the barbara walters exclusive and tonight the fans already reacting, so many of you tweeting us when the interview broke last night on "20/20." now as the clippers prepare for a big game tonight fans are fired up in more ways than one. abc's ryan smith is outside the staples center. ryan? >> reporter: good evening, david. tonight one of the biggest games in los angeles clippers history as they face a winner take all game seven against the golden state warriors with a chance to go to the western conference semifinals on the line. while the team is rolling on the court, off the court there's
intense response to barbara walters' interview with v. stiviano. tonight reaction pouring in, on twitter and facebook, comments ranging from critical to come cat. v. stiviano, completely confused and in over your head, and, this silly rabbit isn't the brightest crayola in the box. many questioning her motives and intentions, leaving experts to wonder what she accomplished. >> we got to see the human being. until now she's been a caricature around in a weird visor. >> reporter: questions remain what he will say if he speaks. >> i think what's really important is that he own it. i don't think he's ever going to be beloved but he might not be loathed quite as much. >> reporter: with sterling offering only one statement since the controversy broke, to du jour magazine saying, quote, i wish i had just paid her off, sterling and stiviano leaving
fans with more questions than answers. one of those questions, why won't sterling talk. one possibility he has a hearing coming up in front of the nba board of governors in the coming weeks which could decide whether or not he loses the team. there's a chance that what's said before that hearing could be used against him. >> ryan, thank you. to the crises in ukraine this evening and a new and revealing message from the kremlin and it comes after the worst day of violence since the turmoil began. pro-russian activists burning the ukraine flag where dozens of people died. tonight is vladimir putin paving the way for russia to move in. muhammad lila is in ukraine. >> reporter: it was one of the deadliest street battles so far. even flowers can't hide the signs of an all out war. today the ukrainian military preparing more of what it calls counter-terrorism operations in several cities, all of them overrun by pro-russian gangs.
as we saw in this pro-russian town, the military is in for a fight. i'll resist until the end, this woman tells us, it doesn't matter what tactics they use against me. russian leader vladimir putin claims he's received thousands of requests for help, some like this from a rebel commander aired on russian television. with videos like this, the concern is that putin is manipulating the violence, paving the way for an invasion, using the so-called desperate pleas for help as a reason to send his troops across the border. finally today a bit of good news. seven european military observers who have been held hostage have now been released, but the gesture might not be enough to prevent a civil war. david? >> i want to bring in our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl across town here tonight. the world asking will putin move in and if he continues on this course, what is the white house signaling it's going to do? >> reporter: david, the white house is on high alert, exactly worried that putin will use the violence in the ukraine now as a
pretext for a full invasion, but also worried that he will go into the may 25th election making those impossible. in either case expect another round of sanctions, this time the big ones, going after whole sections of the russia economy. >> one of those world leaders joining president obama in talks of these very difficult sanctions on the way is german chancellor merkel and i wanted to take our audience back to the images of the last 24 hours. those two leaders at the white house. president obama called her one of my closest friends on the world stage. her own response still seems somewhat strained after the u.s. spying program was revealed. >> reporter: remember it was chancellor merkel that the united states was listening to her phone calls, something that was a big embarrassment. she was very upset. she came to washington wanting to get a no-spy agreement, that the united states wouldn't spy on germany and germany wouldn't spy on the u.s. that did not happen. there is still lingering tensions on that issue. >> jon karl with me in washington, thank you.
tonight the u.s. state department is warning americans against travel to one of kenya's tourist destinations. two explosions rocked a seaside town, one near a bus stop and the other at a resort bar. three people were killed and several jurd. the government blaming an al qaeda linked group. in afghanistan tonight, dwindling hope of finding survivors after a devastating land slide. heavy rain sent part of a mountain down on top of a remote village. 255 people are confirmed dead but the toll could go as high as 700. rescuers and volunteers are digging with their own hands to try to reach the missing tonight. back here at home this evening and to word of a deadly illness arriving in america for the first time. it's called mers and this evening the american infected is in quarantine and they're now looking for anyone the patient may have come in connect with. here's abc's senior medical contributor, dr. jenn ashton. >> reporter: it is the first confirmed case in the u.s. >> this is a rare but serious disease, very dangerous respiratory infection number
one. we want people to know we're tracking it. >> reporter: middle east respiratory syndrome, mers. according to the cdc, a patient was admitted to a hospital in munster, indiana early last week suffering from fever, cough, and shortness of breath. the patient was infected while working as a healthcare provider in saudi arabia. then, on april 24th, travelled from riyadh to london, then on to chicago on an american airlines flight. from there a bus ride to indiana. >> we understand he's stable. this particular person is doing well, doing better than when he was admitted. >> reporter: mers started in the middle east only two years ago. since then 93 of the 254 patients with lab confirmed cases have died, roughly one in three. >> it's extraordinarily unlikely that there will be an outbreak of mers in the united states. >> reporter: there's no evidence the virus has spread here in the u.s., but the cdc will not breathe a sigh of relief until they've contacted all passengers on that plane and bus.
dr. jennifer ashton, abc news, new york. >> dr. ashton, thank you tonight. we turn next to california where manhunt is under way, police looking for a fire chief accused in a horrific crime and the biggest clue they say could be a phone call. here's abc's mike boettcher now. >> reporter: 55-year-old orville fleming is a california state fire chief trained to save lives. here, he is interviewed during a 2013 training exercise near sacramento. >> you're eventually going to die later in that day. >> reporter: now, he stands accused of stabbing to death his 26-year-old fiance, sarah douglas, in the sacramento home they shared, the object of a state wide california manhunt. >> we are extremely proficient at tracking fugitives. i'm certain much better than he is at being a fugitive. >> reporter: outside the murder scene last night, her family and friends held a vigil. the victim's aunt said her niece was on the phone with her sister when she was murdered. she recounts the last seconds of that chilling call. >> she enters the house, comes
up from behind and on the speaker phone you can hear her say you scared the -- out of me and then she screams, blood curdling screams and the phone goes dead. >> reporter: flemming's pick-up truck was found abandoned south of skraet but still no sign of a fire chief on the run. blood was found in that truck and sheriffs are concerned that flemming might try to take his own life. david? now to memphis this evening and to a break from the tough news of the night. the royals have arrived for an american wedding. abc's linzie janis is in memphis tonight where two princes are on hand to celebrate the bride and groom. >> reporter: it may not be a royal wedding, but for william and harry fans here in memphis, it's as close as it gets. >> we've heard for a long time that they might be coming. of course we've just been beside ourselves. >> reporter: the princes are here to be ushers in the wedding of their good friend guy pelly, a london nightclub owner. pelly tying the knot with
american hotel heiress lindsey wilson whose grandfather founded the holiday inn. the wedding being held at the ultra exclusive memphis hunt and polo club. earlier friday graceland closed to the public so the dressed down princes could have a private tour. the night before, it was another memphis must-do. william and harry visiting the city's most famous barbecue joint. >> here they are, the princes arriving for the ceremony. it's expected to be followed by a costume party and a brunch right back here tomorrow. david? there's still much more ahead on "world news" this saturday night from washington. did a las vegas casino really tell ben affleck he can no longer play blackjack there? what happened? what we've learned about the actor tonight. later here -- >> laura pendleton escorted by austin pendleton. >> the prom date you will never forget. more than 70 years later she was finally asked to the prom and who asked her? we're saving the last dance for her tonight. [ female announcer ] grow, it's what we do.
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>> i did the best i could and i lasted the whole dance. >> reporter: and what did austin tell his great grandmother? >> he said i played it just for you because grandpa used to sing it to you. ♪ >> we did a two-step dance and austin said, you still got it, grandma. >> best prom date ever and we loved our conversation with dolores today. i hope to see you back here tomorrow night. from new york, good night.
i ducked. >> a deadly shooting and crash. witnesses and investigators tell us what led to the highway homocide. how an sf state student died just trying to find his own apartment. why tesla had to shut down a job fair early while people were still in line, hoping to get an interview. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. good evening, i'm ama daetz. a 68-year-old san francisco man is in custody tonight, accused of shooting his neighbor who police say came home to the wrong apartment. the 26-year-old student was killed. sergio quintana is live with the details. reporter: the police say that
26-year-old stephen guillermo wrapped up an evening with friends and arrived to his apartment building just before 1:40 this morning, but he went to the wrong apartment, and was shot to death. friends of the victim's family tell me he walked out of the elevator and over to what he thought was his apartment but he was on the wrong floor. police say he was shot inside the apartment of 68-year-old amisi kachepa. physical residents say kachepa blamed guillermo for breaking his doorknob. friends of the victim did not want to talk another camera but described him as quiet and nonconfrontational and they're in disbelief. i'm told that guillermo shared an apartment on the fifth floor with his younger brother and sister. there will several of his friends here paying respects. he was most recently a student at san francisco state university. reporting live in san francisco. abc7 news.