Cowboys’ Jerry Jones sees defamation lawsuit dismissed

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A defamation lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones was dismissed on Wednesday.

Alexandra Davis, the woman who claimed to be Jones’ biological daughter, alleged that Jones and two of his associates concocted a plan to label her an “extortionist.”

The federal judge determined that Davis didn’t sufficiently prove that Jones and his associates acted with malice, according to FOX 4.

The ruling came days after a judge upheld a separate ruling that Jones must take a paternity test to determine whether he is the biological father of Davis. 

Jones’ lawyers argued in the hearing that the man who was married to Cynthia Davis at the time was the presumed father of the woman, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Jones has denied being the father of Davis.

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Davis filed her initial lawsuit against Jones on March 3, 2022. She alleged that her mother, Cynthia Davis, had a relationship with Jones in the late ’90s in which they conceived her. Davis sought a DNA test to prove that Jones was her father after initially suing, and later dropped it, to have a judge declare she wasn’t bound by a financial settlement between him and her mother, according to the paper.

Davis refiled the defamation lawsuit in November. She was able to refile the complaint based on statements made in a March 2022 ESPN story, ABC News reported last year. 

The complaint said Jones’ attorney, Donald P. Jack, and Jim Wilkinson, a communications consultant for the Jones family, falsely accused Davis of “being an extortionist and portrayed Plaintiff as attempting to ‘shakedown’ Defendant Jones.”

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The case was originally dismissed because the judge said alleged defamatory statements about Davis in ESPN articles were either true or “not defamatory.”

Fox News’ Ryan Morik and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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