The Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones face a civil suit from a woman who says he sexually assaulted her five years ago.
Jana Weckerly, 27, filed suit Monday in Dallas County, seeking $1 million. She accused Jones of fondling her genitals, forcing her to touch his penis and making her watch another woman perform oral sex on Jones in June 2009.
The suit reads: “For the Cowboys to facilitate its president in his sexual predations constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct. Defendants Jerry Jones and Cowboys intentionally caused severe emotional distress to Plaintiff, and Plaintiff suffered severe injuries as a direct and proximate result.”
According to the suit, Jones bullied Weckerly into signing a document covering up the assault.
Jones’ attorney, Levi McCathern, responded in a statement Tuesday: “These allegations are completely false. 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. 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.
“We intend to vigorously contest this complaint and expect it will be shown for what it is — a money grab. Due to the seriousness of these baseless allegations, we have also involved law enforcement.”
Weckerly’s attorney, Thomas Bowers, denied the extortion charge.
“If anybody did something wrong, it was the Cowboys and Jerry Jones,” Bowers told the Dallas Morning News. “Sometimes powerful people think they can get by with anything.”
Numerous media outlets published photos of Jones that Weckerly alleges are from the night of the incident. In one, he is seen touching a woman’s breasts. In another, he is holding a different woman’s face to his crotch.