Tyler Hamilton, the man who began allegations of Lance Armstrong's performance-enhancing drug use, has reported "aggressive contact" with the seven-time Tour de France winner at an Aspen, Colorado restaurant this past Saturday night.
Hamilton's lawyers formally notified federal authorities Monday, saying Lance put his arm on their client's chest, then proceeded to threaten him during a verbally abuse tirade!
According to Hamilton, Armstrong repeatedly asked how much he'd been paid to appear on 60 Minutes, then said his legal team would "[expletive] destroy you," "tear you apart on the witness stand" and "make your life a living [expletive] hell."
Wow! That doesn't sound like the Lance Armstrong that we
know don't technically "know", but have a lot of respect for!
Jodi Larner, the co-owner of the restaurant the reported incident took place, doesn't think it sounds like Lance either. In fact, she was there! Although she did not hear the exact words, based on body language, she says:
"It was not combative. It was not hostile. There were no threats. There were very few words exchanged. There was no scene made."
According to her version, "Lance never even left the barstool." Hmm…sounds like somebody isn't telling the truth!
When asked about the confrontation with his accuser, Lance recently told a writer for Outside Magazine that it was "certainly awkward for both of us" but "truly uneventful."
The facts are obviously being distorted on one side or the other. Hopefully another third-party witness at the restaurant can step forward with a more accurate version.
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