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Disgruntled book buyers sue Lance Armstrong over doping lies

January 25, 2013|By Dan Loumena
  • Rob Stutzman and others have sued Lance Armstrong over his doping denials in two books. Above, Stutzman in 2005 when he was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's director of communications.
Rob Stutzman and others have sued Lance Armstrong over his doping denials… (Robert Durell / Los Angeles…)

You knew this was coming. Lance Armstrong is being sued over his repeated, vehement denials in two books that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs or blood doping to win his seven Tour de France titles.

Rob Stutzman, an aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and several others who purchased Armstrong's memoirs “It's Not About The Bike” and “Every Second Counts” have filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the fallen hero of committing fraud and other wrongdoing for repeated claims that he was clean.

Armstrong admitted last week in a two-part televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he did use performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping throughout his storied career.

The lawsuit says that Stutzman had the opportunity to meet and talk with Armstrong during a visit to Sacramento.

“At that time, Stutzman thanked defendant Armstrong for writing his book and told him it was very inspiring and that he had recommended it to friends who were fighting cancer,” the lawsuit read. “In response, Armstrong thanked Stutzman.”

The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of all readers who feel like Stutzman.

“Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrong's book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends,” the lawsuit said. 

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