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Jerry Jones Sued By Woman Alleging Sexual Assault

Jones says lawsuit is money grab



    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014)

    An Oklahoma woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sexually assaulted her more than five years ago.

    Jana Weckerly, 27, of Ardmore, Okla., accused Jones of sexually assaulting her in May or June 2009. She claims she took photos of Jones with other women that circulated recently on the Internet.

    NBC 5 does not usually identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Weckerly has not reported what happened to police and used her name in the lawsuit.

    The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County District Court, graphically describes how Weckerly claims she was assaulted and seeks more than $1 million. It also alleges Jones forced her to watch him in a sex act with another woman.

    The lawsuit does not say where the alleged assault occurred, but Weckerly's attorney, Thomas Bowers, said it happened in a luxury hotel in Dallas. He said she never filed a police report because she was "bullied" and "intimidated." Bowers said Jones and the Cowboys tried to cover up the assault by telling her to keep quiet and not tell anyone "or else."

    Jones' attorney, Levi McCathern, called the lawsuit a "shakedown" and a "money grab."

    Jones said the pictures "misrepresented" what happened but declined to answer any questions. Jones' attorney issued a written statement refuting the allegations.

    "These allegations are completely false," the statement said. "The legal complaint is unsupported by facts or evidence of any kind. This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones."