LONDON (AP) — The British newspaper Sunday Times said its lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has been strengthened by the cyclist's doping confession.
The Sunday Times paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book that he took performance-enhancing drugs. Now the paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is suing Armstrong for around 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) to reclaim the settlement payment plus interest and legal costs.
Armstrong acknowledged in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on Thursday that he used EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and blood transfusions in order to win the Tour de France seven times.
"We watched Lance Armstrong's interview with interest and noted his numerous admissions regarding taking performance-enhancing drugs," ''The Sunday Times said in a statement. "The Sunday Times believes that our case for recovering the 1 million pounds he obtained from us by fraud is now even stronger. We will be pursuing that case vigorously."
The paper said in a letter to Armstrong's lawyers last month that his previous case against them was "baseless and fraudulent."