A 26-year-old woman, who is claiming to be the daughter of Jerry Jones, filed a federal defamation suit against the Dallas Cowboys owner, a longtime Arkansas friend and a Cowboys spokesman, alleging the three men “initiated a deliberate plan” to portray the billionaire’s “own daughter … as an ‘extortionist’ and a ‘shakedown artist’ whose motivation was money and greed.”
The lawsuit filed by Alexandra Davis, who works for Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-Amarillo), repeated claims that her mother received “hush money” to not publicly identify Jones as the father.
Her lawsuit last year indicated Jones paid her $375,000 and set up two trusts to conceal that he was Davis’ biological father. The new lawsuit states Jones and his representatives waged a public campaign attacking her character, “based knowingly on false statements and accusations.”
“Not once did Defendant Jones or any of his agents ever deny that Plaintiff was Defendant Jones’ daughter,” Davis’ Dallas lawyers, Jay K. Gray and Andrew A. Bergman, wrote in the 22-page defamation complaint. “Instead, Defendant Jones chose the avenue of calling his own daughter an ‘extortionist’ merely to make his own public image less despicable by attempting to discredit Plaintiff’s reputation and character in the public eye.”
Davis said her initial lawsuit had only one goal: For Jones to “acknowledge” he was her father.
“Rather than acknowledging his child, or even taking the opportunity to get to know his child, my father and his associates have publicly smeared my reputation and intentions,” she said in the statement provided by her lawyers.
“I have been falsely accused of a ‘shakedown’ and ‘extortion.’ In reality, I am a daughter who simply wants to acknowledge her father without fear of retribution. I will not stand by and let my father’s actions or words define me or my future.”
The suit says Davis is seeking relief for actual damages, special damages, punitive damages, the costs of the suit and any other future relief.
An April paternity suit against Jones is still pending. In December, a judge ordered Jones to take a paternity test.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.