Embattled Quick Step director Patrick Lefevere has officially responded to allegations made by Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, announcing his planned course of action, while Belgian sources are reporting a massive lawsuit has already been filed by Lefevere. The statement, released through Quick Step's PR manager Alessandro Tegner, is as follows:
As a result of an article published today in the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper, retaining it to be without foundation and extremely detrimental to both my personal and professional image, that of the people that currently work or that have worked with me during the past years, I'd like to announce that I have contacted my lawyer in order to act against the authors of the above said article with the objective of defending my rights.
Thank you for your attention
Following the series of article published by the paper, titled "Patrick Lefevere, 30 years of doping", Belgian news outlets have reported that a lawsuit against the paper has already been filed, with some reporting a damages claim of a whopping €50,000,000.