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Track Star Jones Files $25 Million Libel Suit Over Steroid Use Allegations

Olympic track and field champion Marion Jones has filed a defamation lawsuit against Victor Conte, who told a U.S. television audience he gave her performance enhancing steroids and watched her use them.

Jones is seeking $25 million in the suit, alleging the head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative tarnished her reputation when he made the statement on December 3. The American won three gold medals and two bronze during the 2000 Sydney Games. She did not win a medal at the Athens Olympics this year, but has never failed a drug test.

Conte and three others connected with BALCO were indicted by a federal grand jury for several alleged offenses, including illegally distributing steroids. All have pleaded not guilty.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.