Armstrong claims "character assassination"

Updated: April 2, 2005, 1:17 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Lance Armstrong is seeking at least $125,000 from a former personal assistant who contends he found a banned substance in the cycling champion's apartment last year.

 Lance Armstrong

In court documents filed Friday, Armstrong called Mike Anderson's claim "below the level of tabloid journalism."

Armstrong, in Europe preparing for a bid at a seventh straight Tour de France title, has maintained he does not take illegal drugs. The cancer survivor frequently notes he is one of the most drug-tested athletes in the world.

Armstrong asked a judge for the monetary award for legal fees, inconvenience, harassment and other expenses related to the litigation.

Anderson's claim was "an egregious character assassination founded upon a demonstrably false string of sensational, untrue and fabricated allegations," according to court documents.

Anderson worked for Armstrong for about two years and contends the cycling great made promises to him to him start a bike shop. Anderson's claim of a banned substance came in a brief filed Thursday.

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