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Now that Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping during his cycling career, a group of people who bought his books want their money back.
Rob Stutzman, a Sacramento-based Republican consultant, and Jonathan Wheeler, a professional chef, are leading a class action lawsuit against the disgraced athlete and the publishers of It’s Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts, reports The Los Angeles Times. The suit was filed in federal court in California on Tuesday.
In both books, Armstrong denied that he doped, as he had done for a decade before finally admitting to Oprah Winfrey last week that he did use banned substances while winning the Tour de France seven times.
“Stutzman bought the book in California and read it cover to cover,” the lawsuit reads. “Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrong’s book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends.”
Stutzman worked for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 and met Armstrong to tell him about how impressed he was by the book. “In response, Armstrong thanked Stutzman,” the suit claims.
Armstrong is also being sued by the Sunday Times over a libel settlement reached after Armstrong sued the paper for reporting that he doped. He’s also still being investigated by anti-doping officials, who claim that he lied to Oprah when he told her that he didn’t use banned substances after 2005.