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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is being sued for sexual assault by a former exotic dancer.
“An Oklahoma woman sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday, accusing him of sexual assault during a June 2009 incident in a North Texas hotel.
“Jana Weckerly, 27, a former exotic dancer from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones, 71, fondled her genitals, forced her to touch or rub his penis, and made her watch as he received oral sex from another woman. Weckerly seeks over $1 million in punitive damages.
“Levi McCathern II, an attorney for Jones, said the court sealed the case late Tuesday.
“‘These allegations are completely false,’ he wrote in a prepared statement. ‘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 money grab by a lawyer who is a solo practicioner just trying to make a name for himself. The alleged incidents would have been more than 5 years old.
“‘We intend to vigorously contest this complaint and expect it to be shown for what it is — a shakedown. Due to the seriousness of these baseless allegations, we have also involved law enforcement.’
“Jones said the photos ‘misrepresented’ what happened last night, but would not answer questions about the incident.
“The Dallas Morning News generally does not name victims of sex crimes, but Weckerly consented to her name being used because it had already been widely reported.
“Weckerly was not available for comment Tuesday. Her Dallas attorney, Thomas Bowers, said that the woman has been in counseling and is taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident.
“The alleged details of the encounter between Jones and three women were first disclosed last month in a rambling manifesto by a man named Frank Hoover of Wichita, Kan. He included three photos of the Cowboys owner and two women in sexually suggestive poses. Weckerly did not appear in the photos. She reportedly took them with her cellphone.
“Hoover, who has said that he is the son of God, claimed that Jones later paid Weckerly and others several hunder thousand dollars to keep quiet. Bowers denied his client was involved in any attempt to extort money from Jones.
“‘If anybody did something wrong, it was the Cowboys and Jerry Jones,’ Bowers said. ‘Sometimes powerful people think they can get by with anything.’
“The lawsuit also accuses Jones of conspiring to cover up the incident by coercing Weckerly to sign an agreement to keep quiet about what happened that night.
“Bowers said Tuesday the sexual assault occurred in a room at a local five-star hotel. Afterward, Jones and the women went to a dance floor, where he allegedly continued his advances.”
In another development, Jones explained to 105.3 The Fan (via The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota) why there were so many San Francisco 49ers fans during the Cowboys’ 28-17 loss at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium on Sept. 7:
“There are several things to point out. We’re so used to seeing all that blue color when we travel away. We see it all the time. And there’s a lot of it. Some places we go, Arizona, it feels like a home game. So we know the kind of interest that a team like San Francisco has.
“Several dynamics going on here. A lot of times we look at the stands, you look back over in the party pass area, you’re only looking in the stands directly. You’re looking at maybe — and don’t hold me to this — 60 percent of our fans that are there in the stands. You got people in the suites, you got them in the party pass area, so you’re looking at that. Then, let’s say you got people sitting there, well, when we sell a suite or seats, we sell to about 11,000 or 12,000 that counts. Not 80,000, 11,000 or 12,000.
“The point is that you can have 5,000 or 6,000 people that decided for their particular group or family, they’re going to sell. And you can make a big difference in the terms of the people that are in there. Our stadium is very attractive as far as people picking up a game that they might want to come to Dallas to be with their team if they can afford to make that trip. We think that happens. It happened with Pittsburgh last time we played Pittsburgh, we won that game. Still, it happens like that. You do get a good following.
“The other thing that happened is our ticket, that’s the highest premium that we’ve had since we’ve opened the stadium for a football game. We had 91,000 people there. And a $90 ticket was going for $300, for example. We might have fans that might take the premium, watch the game on TV. (It would) be a good way to average out for the year for them on their overall price of watching the Cowboys.
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“I do see how it happened. The secondary market is so sophisticated today. You can just about manage in and out of that secondary market with your tickets as well as you getting them through the mail. All of that came to play and it resulted in a great turnout. The other thing is, San Francisco has a lot of fans here. A lot of people from California have moved to Texas and moved to North Texas because of economic opportunity.”
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