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Lance Armstrong stands by son following sexual assault allegations

This file picture taken on July 8, 2004 shows US rider Lance Armstrong (US Postal/USA) during the fifth stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Amiens and Chartres.

Lance Armstrong is standing by his son following allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl three years ago.

Luke Armstrong, 21, allegedly drove the 16-year-old to his dad’s Austin, Texas home and assaulted her in 2018, when he was 18, according to an arrest affidavit, obtained by KXAN.

In a post on Instagram, Lance shared a snap of himself and Luke on Friday with the caption, “Head (up) (heart) full. You’re my NORTH Luke. I love you.”

His accuser reported the incident to police in November, claiming she was drunk when Luke picked her up from a party and fell asleep during the drive. She woke up as he was allegedly sexually assaulting her on a sofa.

Luke reportedly admitted to having sex with his accuser in a phone call with her in December, according to the affidavit.

He was arrested in Texas last week and charged with sexual assault of a minor, but his attorney denied the allegations, telling the news outlet his client and the accuser had been involved in a consensual relationship.

“What occurred three years ago in high school was not a crime and was not a sexual assault,” Randy Leavitt says. “It was a consensual relationship then and continued consensually between two young people with both ultimately going their separate ways. It wasn’t a one-time thing. They had something of a relationship going on for a brief period of time.”

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