Woman claiming Jerry Jones is her father not motivated by ‘fame or fortune’
A woman filed a lawsuit against Jerry Jones last week alleging that the Dallas Cowboys owner is her biological father. According to the woman’s attorneys, she is only seeking an acknowledgement.
Alexandra Davis, a 25-year-old Congressional aide who lives in Washington, D.C., claims she has lived her entire life without a father after Jones paid her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer, $375,000 in 1996 to sign a confidentiality agreement. The agreement prohibited Alexandra or Cynthia from ever stating that Jones is Alexandra’s biological father. Jones, whose lawyer set set up two trusts linked to the then 1-year-old girl and her mother, denied that he was Alexandra’s father in the settlement.
The lawsuit alleges that Davis has “lived her life fatherless and in secret and in fear that if she should tell anyone who her father was, she and her mother would lose financial support, or worse.” On Thursday, Davis’ lawyers issued a statement saying their client is not motivated by “fame or fortune.” She is not looking for money.
“Ms. Davis’ lawsuit does not seek the recovery of money,” Davis’ lawyers, Andrew A. Bergman and Jay K. Gray, of Dallas, wrote in a statement to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. “Ms. Davis’ lawsuit seeks only to have a Court declare that she is not bound to an agreement entered into that attempts to prohibit her from stating who her real father is. Surely, anyone can understand this need of a child no matter what age to have the ability to say they have a father without the fear of reprisal.”
The lawsuit states that Jones courted Davis Spencer in 1995 when she was working at the American Airlines ticket counter in Little Rock, Ark. Davis Spencer was estranged from her husband and going through a divorce at the time.
“Defendant Jones, with the help of lawyers, knowing that Cynthia was now a single mother with a very young child and an uncertain financial future at best, set out to negotiate a ‘settlement’ that would exchange money for silence [‘hush money’],” the lawsuit states.
Davis’ lawyers also said Thursday that their client only filed a lawsuit after Jones ignored numerous attempts to address the matter in private. The trusts that Jones set up in 1996 remain in effect.
Davis has agreed to have the court records temporarily sealed at the request of Jones. The lawsuit was discovered before the documents were sealed.
Jones, 79, has not commented on the matter.
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