London - Lance Armstrong is being sued for more than $1.5m (R13m) by a British
newspaper which lost a libel action for publishing doping allegations against
the now-disgraced cyclist.
The Sunday Times paid Armstrong £300 000
(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.
But this year, the US Anti-Doping Agency
found 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 an article
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
"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.