Sheryl Crow ‘Was In The Room’ When Ex Lance Armstrong Asked Teammate to Cover-Up Doping (EXCLUSIVE)
Celebuzz has learned the nine-time Grammy winner was named twice in affidavits submitted to the United States Anti Doping Association which blew the whistle on the seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong’s performance enhancing drug use.
According to Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammate Frankie Andreu, the disgraced cyclist summoned him to a room around 2004 in a bid to persuade him to convince his wife Betsy to sign a statement retracting her claim that Armstrong told doctors treating him for cancer that he’d taken steroids, human growth hormone, cortisone and EPO.
The Andreus have insisted they were in the Indiana hospital room in 1996 when Armstrong made the confession.
The hospital admission was first reported publicly in a 2004 book co-written by Irish journalist David Walsh, titled L.A. Confidentiel, which was only published in French.
According to Frankie’s sworn affidavit from October last year, Walsh gave a radio interview around the time of the 2004 Tour de France — which Armstrong later won — in which he said Betsy was “willing to testify to and back him up regarding the hospital room confession.”
He recalled, “after that, Lance called me to his room to discuss the situation. He told me that Bill Stapleton (Armstrong’s agent) wanted to talk to me about the hospital room and have my wife sign a statement of support for Lance saying the hospital incident did not happen.
“His girlfriend at the time, Sheryl Crow, was in the room and I felt uncomfortable talking about this in front of her so I did not say much,” he added, in a signed affidavit submitted to investigators.
The pair dated from 2003 until 2006, when they broke off their engagement. During the relationship, Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice — and won both times.
Crow has never spoken publicly about the matter, though the Wall Street Journal has claimed two sources have said she knew a lot about the doping situation.
The radio interview, she said, “triggered a new round of actions by Lance and his reprenstatives” against her.
“Frankie was summoned to Lance’s room by a mechanic who said Lance wanted to speak with him.
“Frankie went to the room. Lance told him that Bill Stapleton and Bart Knaggs (another Armstrong associate) wanted to talk to him about the hospital incident and craft a statement for me to say it never happened.
“Lance’s then girlfriend, Sheryl Crow, was in the room and Frankie did not not want to discuss this in front of her.
“Frankie called me right away and told me what happened.”
Oprah Winfrey during Thursday’s broadcast whether he still denied the hospital incident, Armstrong only said that he would not talk about it.
In September last year, Crow told Katie Couric how she found it difficult watching her former fiance stripped of his Tour de France titles.
“I felt bad,” she said. “I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his family and I kinda felt like the rest of America… He is a hero that we watched and looked up to and admired.”
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