May 6, 2014 10:37 pm -

V. Stiviano is being criminally investigated for allegedly extorting Donald Sterling with the recordings that have gone public.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a senior investigator for the L.A. County D.A.’s Bureau of Investigation contacted Shelly Sterling Tuesday … asking for an interview in connection with the extortion investigation.

Donald Sterling gave an interview last week … telling a magazine, “I wish I had just paid her off.”

TMZ Sports first reported … Stiviano claims to have 100 plus hours of recordings of conversations between her and Sterling.

Stiviano’s people told us a week ago … Sterling called her after we posted the audio … asking her, “How can we make this go away?” We have since learned it was NOT Sterling who initiated the call — it was Stiviano.

And we’ve learned the investigation is also focusing on whether Stiviano illegally recorded Sterling … recording private conversations without the consent of all parties is a crime in California.

D.B. Hirsch
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