Pedaling Lies

January 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

vintage_bicycle_01Well, here’s one way to promote honesty in the memoir:

Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:04pm EST

(Reuters) – Two California men have sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers for fraud and false advertising, claiming that the cyclist’s best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after he confessed last week to systematic doping.

The class-action complaint was filed in federal court in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, five days after Armstrong ended years of vehement denial and admitted in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles through the use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.

The named plaintiffs in the suit were Rob Stutzman, a public relations executive who served as a deputy chief of staff for former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jonathan Wheeler, a chef and amateur cyclist.

They said they bought the books “It’s Not About the Bike” and “Every Second Counts” because they believed in Armstrong and his story of returning without drug assistance to the Tour de France after a nearly fatal bout with testicular cancer.

Following Armstrong’s doping confession, however, Stutzman and Wheeler said they felt “duped,” “cheated” and “betrayed” by the realization that the books, marketed as inspirational true-life memoirs, were replete with fabrications



§ One Response to Pedaling Lies

  • kateflaherty says:

    When James Frey was sued for his fraudulent memoir A Million Little Pieces, he lost the lawsuit, but the requirements to get a refund were a little over-the-top. According to Wikipedia, duped readers had to provide the original receipt, the book itself (or “portions” of it, like the back cover and several pages), and a sworn statement where they had to assert they’d purchased the book believing it to be memoir. Random House only ended up having to pay about $30,000 in damages for a book that earned the publishing house (and Frey) many times more than that. I doubt Lance is shaking in his cycle shoes.

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