Lance Armstrong Sued By Newspaper For $1.6 million Over Doping Story
Lance Armstrong is being sued by The Sunday Times for more than $1.6 million after the cyclist’s successful libel action against the British paper regarding an article it published about doping allegations.
The Sunday Times paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds in 2006 (about $540,000 at that time) to settle a case after it reprinted claims two years earlier from a book alleging that Armstrong had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
As RadarOnline Reported, The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concluded this year that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams.
Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life.
The shamed cyclist immediately fell from grace – losing endorsement deals and he even formally cut ties with cancer Charity Livestrong.
The Sunday Times announced in an article in its latest edition that it has issued legal papers against Armstrong.
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"It is clear that the proceedings were baseless and fraudulent," the paper said in a letter to Armstrong's lawyers.
"Your representations that you had never taken performance enhancing drugs were deliberately false."
The paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said its total claim against Armstrong is "likely to exceed" 1 million pounds ($1.6 million).
"The Sunday Times is now demanding a return of the settlement payment plus interest.
Armstrong has always denied taking performance-enhancing drugs but he chose not to fight USADA's charges against him.
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