DALLAS (CN) – The woman whose racy photos of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys made headlines last month now claims in court that Jerry Jones sexually assaulted her.
Leaked in August, one of the photographs shows Jones grabbing the chest of an unidentified blonde woman from behind. Another image shows Jones holding an unidentified dark-haired woman’s face against his crotch.
In the complaint she filed Monday with the Dallas County District Court, Jana Weckerly does not describe her role in the creation of those photographs. Her lawyer makes that relationship clear, however, in a statement about the filing.
“Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and two other women posed for Jana Weckerly in the bathroom of a Dallas 5 Star hotel,” attorney Thomas Bower said in the statement. “After the bathroom, they went to a dance floor where Jones made physical advances at Weckerly, indicating that he wanted to know Weckerly better. After apparently too much resistance from Weckerly, Jones did what perhaps billionaires do. He had his large personal security men lift Weckerly and the two other women from the ground and pack them out of the club.”
Weckerly, of Ardmore, Okla., claims that the sexual assault occurred in May or June 2009.
She says Jones “rubbed and/or grabbed” her buttocks and her breasts “multiple times, and that he “forcibly kissed” her lips, shoulder and neck without consent.
“Defendant Jerry Jones intentionally and knowingly forced plaintiff to touch and/or rub on his penis multiple times,” the 11-page complaint states. “Defendant Jerry Jones intentionally, knowingly, forcibly penetrated plaintiff’s vagina with his fingers without the consent of the plaintiff.”
Weckerly also claims that she watched Jones receive oral sex from an unidentified woman.
“Defendant Jerry Jones intentionally and knowingly received oral sex from another female while in the presence of plaintiff,” the complaint states. “When defendant Jerry Jones intentionally and knowingly received oral sex from the female, he knew that plaintiff was present and intentionally and knowingly wanted plaintiff to see said oral sex act. Plaintiff did not want to see defendant Jerry Jones receive oral sex from the female.”
Jones and the Cowboys conspired to cover up Weckerly’s alleged assault, according to the complaint.
“Defendant Jerry Jones and Cowboys threatened plaintiff so that she would not tell the police,” she says. “Defendants Jerry Jones and Cowboys intimidated plaintiff and told her to keep quiet and not tell anyone else ‘or else.’ Defendants Jerry Jones and Cowboys bullied plaintiff into believing that she would somehow be in trouble if she told anyone about the sexual assault.”
Weckerly claims the defendants intimidated her into signing documents against her will and that she was not provided copies or access to a lawyer. She says the actions put her in “imminent fear of her life, safety and well being.”
Bowers, who represents Weckerly in Dallas, said Jones started out as a “friendly guy” who wanted to “party.”
Jones declined to comment on the photos when they were leaked.
“Someone has misrepresented photos taken at a restaurant five years ago for their own purposes,” he said at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. “I’m just not going to comment on it.”
Jones’ attorney, Levi McCathern in Dallas, denounced the allegations as “completely false” and a “money grab.” He said Jones will “vigorously contest” the lawsuit.
“The legal complaint is unsupported by facts or evidence of any kind,” McCathern said Tuesday evening. “This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones. This is a shakedown by a lawyer who is a solo practitioner just trying to make a name for himself. The alleged incidents would have been more than five years old.”
Due to the serious nature of the “baseless” allegations, Jones has contacted law enforcement, McCathern said.
Bowers said the photos were never part of an extortion plot against Jones.
Weckerly seeks actual and punitive damages for negligence, gross negligence and conspiracy.
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