Sunday Times suing Lance Armstrong, seeking return of libel settlement
Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, July 6, 2010. (AP / Christophe Ena)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, December 23, 2012 10:22AM EST
LONDON -- A British newspaper is suing Lance Armstrong for more than $1.5 million over the now-disgraced cyclist's successful libel action over doping allegations.
"The Sunday Times" paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) to settle a case after it printed allegations in 2004 that he took performance-enhancing drugs.
But this year, the U.S. 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" said in its latest edition that it has issued legal papers against Armstrong "demanding a return of the settlement payment plus interest, as well as its costs in defending the case."
The paper says the claim "is likely to exceed" 1 million pounds ($1.6 million).