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Readers sue Lance Armstrong over drug-use denial in books

  • FILE - In this July 7, 2009, file photo, Lance Armstrong, right, and Levi Leipheimer, left, both of the United States, celebrate on the podium after winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a team time-trial with start and finish in Montpellier, southern France. In 2009, Armstrong unretired from cycling and finished third. Leipheimer later confessed to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Armstrong. After a decade of denial and being stripped of his titles, Armstrong said during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrong's first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it "cover to cover" and recommended it to several friends.

Now he wants his money back — and then some.

Rob Stutzman and several others who bought Armstrong's "It's Not About The Bike" and "Every Second Counts" have filed a lawsuit in Sacramento federal court. It alleges Armstrong duped them into believing the books were inspirational true accounts of the cyclist's accomplishments done without performance-enhancing drugs.

The lawsuit accuses Armstrong and the books' publishers of committing fraud, false advertising and other wrongdoing for publishing the cyclist's vehement denials that he wasn't a cheat.

Armstrong admitted to cheating throughout his career in a televised interview last week. His lawyer Tim Herman didn't immediately respond to inquiries for comment Thursday.


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