Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Stripper Sues Cowboys Owner Jones

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Former Stripper Sues Cowboys Owner Jones

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Former stripper sues Cowboys owner

A former exotic dancer has sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, accusing him of sexual assault after a June 2009 incident in a Dallas hotel.

On Monday, in the suit, Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones fondled her, forced her to touch him, and required she watch Jones, 71, with another woman. Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages.

She was not available for comment Tuesday. Her Dallas attorney Thomas Bowers said his client is in counseling and is taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident.

Bowers would not say how Jones forced Weckerly to submit to the alleged assault.

The encounter between Jones and the three women was first detailed in a rambling manifesto by a Wichita, Kan., man, Frank Hoover, last month. He included three photos of the Cowboys owner and two women in sexually seductive poses.

"These allegations are completely false," Jones' attorney, Levi McCathern said in a statement, reported by ESPN.com. "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."

Ray Rice fallout * As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.

Goodell told CBS that "no one in the NFL, to my knowledge" had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator until it was posted online.

"We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity," Goodell said. Two videos, one released by TMZ Sports and another shown later to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official, show Rice punching Janay Palmer who is now his wife at an Atlantic City casino in February. …

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