Assault lawsuit against Jerry Jones heads to court

NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — A judge is to weigh whether to allow a lawsuit to proceed against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, accusing him of sexual assault.

An Oklahoma woman has sued Jones and the Cowboys, saying Jones forcibly touched her genitals and kissed her on the lips without her consent more than 5 years ago. The woman, Jana Weckerly, also says she was paid for more than four years to keep quiet about the incident.

Jones and the Cowboys have denied the allegations and called Weckerly’s lawsuit frivolous.

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Friday’s hearing in Dallas is expected to center on whether Weckerly is too late in filing her claims. Texas has a 5-year statute of limitations on civil cases involving sexual assault.

Weckerly is seeking damages of more than $1 million.