Feds cite Armstrong’s Aspen parking incident, Cache Cache confrontation
Two well publicized Aspen incidents involving disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong have emerged in court filings by the U.S. government.
In its fraud lawsuit against Armstrong, the government has subpoenaed his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, to be deposed this month about any knowledge she has about the seven-time Tour de France winner’s use of performance-enhancing drugs and pattern of concealment.
On Monday, the government filed a motion referencing Armstrong’s Dec. 27 hit-and-run on two vehicles parked in front of a West Francis Avenue home in Aspen. Police said Hansen, who has two children with Armstrong and shares a home with him in the West End, originally told authorities she was driving the vehicle, but later conceded Armstrong was behind the wheel. In February, Armstrong pleaded guilty to careless driving and paid a $150 traffic fine and $238.50 in court fees.
“The United States is entitled to explore Hansen’s knowledge of instances relevant to Armstrong’s character for untruthfulness,” the government’s motion says. “For example, Hansen has admitted to conspiring with Armstrong to lie to Colorado police officers in the hope that Armstrong could avoid liability for a late-night automobile collision with a parked car. Additionally, any knowledge Hansen has concerning other instances of Armstrong’s untruthfulness, including about his doping activities and concealment campaign, are properly discoverable.”
The filing was in response to Hansen’s April 29 motion to quash the subpoena. Hansen’s attorneys argued that she has no knowledge of Armstong’s drug use.
“Because there appears to be no reason for Hansen’s deposition other than to harass Armstrong and his family, the Court should quash the government’s subpoena in its entirety,” the motion says.
The fed’s motion counters: “Hansen’s suggestion that she ‘knows nothing’ related to Armstrong’s doping and concealment is implausible.”
Additionally, the government’s motion references Armstrong’s June 2011 confrontation with former teammate Tyler Hamilton, who a month earlier accused Armstrong of doping on “60 Minutes,” at Aspen restaurant Cache Cache.
The government’s motion says Hansen might have knowledge of the Cache Cache incident.
“In addition to any discussions they may have had Armstrong’s concealment, Hansen was present on at least one occasion when Armstrong threatened a former teammate (Tyler Hamilton) for publicly disclosing his knowledge of Armstrong’s doping,” the motion says.
The transcript of an April 2 deposition of Hamilton, which was done in Missoula, Montana, is included as an exhibit to the motion. Hamilton said Armstrong approached him at Cache Cache and questioned him about the interview. “So he asked me several times, several times, ‘How much did 60 Minutes pay you?’ … ‘How much did 60 Minutes f–king pay you?’ And, of course, they didn’t pay me a cent.”
Hamilton said the exchange lasted about 10 minutes before the Cache Cache owner approached him. Hamilton also said he felt threatened by Armstrong who “had a little posse behind him.”
“During that time, the owner of the restaurant came over, you know, kind of had her arm — one arm sort of crossed and the other — like she was kind of leaning up against Lance, and she said — told me I’m no longer welcome in this restaurant, I’m banned for life.”
The government is suing Armstrong on the basis that the U.S. Postal Service, his former sponsor and team, wouldn’t have paid $30 million in sponsorship fees had it known he was doping.
The government’s subpoena of Hansen was first reported by USA Today.
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