Lance Armstrong is standing by his son, who’s accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old lady three years in the past on the disgraced bicycle owner’s sofa.
Armstrong posted a photograph of himself with Luke Armstrong, now 21 with the caption “Head [up] [heart] full. You’re my NORTH Luke. I like you,” on Instagram Friday night time.
Luke was arrested in Texas final week and charged with sexual assault of a minor.
In 2018 — when Luke was 18 — he allegedly drove the intoxicated 16-year-old to Lance’s Austin house and sexually assaulted her.
The accuser reported the incident final fall, saying the bicycle owner’s son had picked her up at a celebration the place she had been consuming. She claimed she didn’t keep in mind driving in his truck, and woke as much as being assaulted on a sofa.
Armstrong’s legal professional denied the costs, and claimed the 2 had been in a months-long consensual relationship.
“What occurred three years in the past in highschool was not against the law and was not a sexual assault. It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two younger folks with each in the end going their separate methods,” lawyer Randy Leavitt mentioned.
Luke is out on bond within the case.
The faculty soccer walk-on at Rice College has not at all times stood by his scandal scarred father.
He instructed ESPN final yr that he wouldn’t resort to doping to get forward on the gridiron.
“I’ve at all times felt like grinding for one thing, and actually working for a particular aim has at all times been a lot extra price it than taking the shortcut,” Armstrong mentioned.
“I additionally really feel like if I ever did that and acquired caught, for random folks, they’d be like, `He’s identical to his dad.’”