British newspaper is suing Armstrong
The Sunday Times wants repayment of a 2006 settlement, plus interest.
Lance Armstrong is being sued for more than $1.5 million by British newspaper The Sunday Times over the settlement of a libel action, which followed doping allegations against the cyclist that it published. The paper paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book in 2004 that he took performance-enhancing drugs.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concluded this year that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life.
The Sunday Times announced in its latest edition that it has issued legal papers against Armstrong. “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, as well as its costs in defending the case,” the paper said.
Lance Armstrong was paid $485,000 by The Sunday Times in 2006 to settle a case, but the paper now wants three times that much from the cyclist.