A man suspected of attacking V. Stiviano -- the woman who has made Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling far more famous than he wants to be -- was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly assaulting Stiviano.

Dominick Diorio, 40, was initially charged with assault as a hate crime, which was knocked down to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year behind bars.

According to the New York Daily News, Diorio was released without bail Wednesday after appearing before a Manhattan judge.

Diorio reportedly told investigators he "slipped and fell" Sunday when he allegedly struck Stiviano -- who became famous earlier this year after secretly recording racist rants by Sterling -- outside the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District.

"A girl threw a phone at me and I ducked, slipped, and hit my head," Diorio reportedly said. "Yeah, I'll (expletive) hit a girl. I'll hit you, you (expletive) (slur)."

It's heartening to see chivalry is still alive and well.

Diorio's attorney, David Scott Smith, told reporters there was no incident, and suggested Sterling's former girlfriend was lying to get attention.

"I'm confident that as this case goes forward and the investigation continues, that Ms. Stiviano's allegations will likewise begin to fail and at the end of the day the assault charge will be dismissed as well," Scott Smith said after the arraignment.

"Simply put, a credible victim of a crime does not have her attorneys call the press before she calls the police. Ms. Stiviano seems intent on keeping her name in the spotlight."

Right. It's a good thing lawyers aren't opportunistic when it comes to getting attention.

The case goes back before a judge in July. The News reported prosecutors said they are still weighing whether to seek hate crime charges.

Stiviano's tape of Sterling ranting about her taking pictures with and showing up to Clippers' games with black men led to the NBA banning the longtime owner for life. A forced sale of the team is currently in the works to former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer for a reported $200 million.