Sunday Times sues Armstrong

2012-12-23 22:10

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 exceed" £1m.

"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.


  • julian.laing.3 - 2012-12-23 22:40

    Eat it prick!!!

  • - 2012-12-23 22:41

    Small change for LA.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-23 23:22

    oops its a mess from all angles

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-24 00:20

    The marketing ploy around Armstrong is a mess. Cannot sue him now.

  • vanessa.a.killian - 2012-12-24 03:23

    Poor guy, even his medals are getting recycled.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-24 06:12

    From now on, I'm going to watch ten pin bowling on tv instead of the Tour :)

  • trailblazer2010 - 2012-12-24 06:28

    When I think of cyclists I think of DOPPERS...that's how you lose credibility EISH

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-24 06:54

    Not much difference between him and Julius. Both liars, cheats, and got wealthy through fraudulent activities. Julius should go into cycling, and Lance into politics!

  • 5ihl3 - 2012-12-24 07:10


  • jaap.kotze - 2012-12-24 07:23

    I probably stand alone on this one, but, when did he test positive?

      shuaib.manjra - 2012-12-24 10:15

      jaap - when are you returning to your home planet?

      nico.wassermann.7 - 2012-12-24 11:28

      I fully agree Jaap. Lance was tested up to 400 times per year, was NEVER found positive, so I also feel this is totally rubbish. Lance got tired of continuously fighting now he is guilty? He also agreed to undergo a lie test, on condition that those who testified against him do the same. Result? Nobody wants to do the test. It was also revealed that the nurse, who could all of a sudden remember everything that happened in1998, (why didn't she then said anything) cannot declare where an unexpected $50 000 in her bank account comes from. Makes you think!

      kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-12-24 12:44

      Got to agree with you Jaap - the 'sheep' seem to be all following each other on this one - last time i saw LA had tested negative or are the 'sheep' saying all negative tests in the history of testing are false and need to be reversed to positive.....??

  • jack.schnitzer.1 - 2012-12-24 15:10

    There's no way they're going to win this case. He's the only one who can affirm when he started taking those drugs prior to the latter doping scandal.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-24 15:24


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