A month after it was characterized as a "frivolous extortion attempt," the sexual assault lawsuit former stripper Jana Weckerly filed against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been dismissed — at least according to their attorneys.
Jones' attorney Levi McCathern III released the following statement about the case. “We are pleased with the court’s judgment against Ms. Weckerly. Ms. Weckerly’s allegations were false. This case is over.”
In his October 16 statement, Weckerly's attorney Thomas Bowers claimed no money had changed hands.
Even though the case was technically dismissed, Dallas County Court records show Jones and Weckerly previously reached a settlement.
"The Motion to Dismiss was granted. We do not contest the judgment as entered by the court. Neither Jerry Jones nor the Cowboys organization has paid us any money."
Even though the case was technically dismissed, Dallas County Court records from October 16 show Jones and Weckerly previously reached a settlement in mediation.
While a dismissal ordinarily implies a clear winner and loser, the fact that the parties came to an agreement in mediation before bringing the suit to the judge to be tossed shows signs of an amicable settlement.
In fact, the phrase "case settled" appears five times in online court records. The legal language the lawyers are adopting, however, is that of an outright dismissal.
Weckerly filed suit against Jones on September 8 for an alleged sexual assault in 2009. McCathern had previously argued that, in addition to being false, the claims were outside the five-year statute of limitations. McCathern alleged that Weckerly and Bowers, acted in bad faith to extort money from Jones. Weckerly had sought in excess of $1 million in damages.
In a filing titled "Agreed Judgment," Judge Dale Tillery granted Jones' motion to dismiss, which included stipulations that neither party discuss the case with the media and that Jones and Weckerly will pay their own attorneys' fees. Weckerly waived her right to appeal.