Stephon Marbury to pay mistress nearly $1 million

    Despite his best efforts to keep it quiet, Stephon Marbury has just been exposed for cheating on his wife with his "personal chef."

    "Basketball Wives" could have quite a juicy storyline next season.

    The New York Post reports that Stephon, whose wife may be joining "BBW," had an affair with a woman named Thurayyah Mitchell. Supposedly, Stephon hired her as his private chef back in January 2006, but she wasn’t just heating things up in the kitchen.

    Thurayyah didn’t last long in the Marbury household. She was fired the same year, after sleeping with Stephon about five times, and she claimed that she was the victim of sexual harassment. Although Stephon thought they had a consensual relationship, the chef claimed in court documents that Stephon “made her believe that ‘keeping him happy’ was a requirement of keeping her job." That, of course, would be in addition to cooking for his wife, Latasha, and their three kids. 

    Initially, Stephon offered Thurayyah $900,000 not to tell anyone about their affair, which he’d deliver to her in installments. He stopped making payments in January 2010, after he’d only given her $600,000. The cook then sent the matter to arbitration.

    A court official ruled that Stephon had to fork over an additional $330,000 because Thurayyah could have sued the former New York Knicks point guard or sold her story for way more than he had offered her.

    Stephon argued that the payments were hush money meant to “buy Ms. Mitchell’s silence” because news of an affair would embarrass his family. The pro baller was also worried that such a revelation could cause problems for the Knicks, which was at the time going through a "very public investigation involving claims of sexual harassment.”

    The filings were revealed yesterday. Neither Stephon’s legal team nor Thurayyah have publicly commented on the matter.



    —Sonya Eskridge




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