EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A lawsuit accusing Oregon runner Galen Rupp of steroid use has been dismissed before it reached the starting line.
The Register-Guard reports that U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin tossed the baseless and bogus complaint late Wednesday.
Lawyers for Rupp and his coach Alberto Salazar said the complaint was likely the work of Jonathan Lee Riches, a former Pennsylvania federal prison inmate known for flooding courts with fake allegations about celebrities.
The suit named a plaintiff, Mary Jane Prefontaine, who does not exist. Her purported address is a Philadelphia building that's closed-for-renovations.
Portland attorney Bob Weaver says Rupp did not need the distraction as he prepares for the London Olympics. Rupp is scheduled to compete in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters.