Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave millions to woman who filed paternity lawsuit, lawyer says

According to the Little Rock, Arkansas attorney who delivered the payments on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys owner.

Attorney Don Jack told ESPN he makes regular payments on Jones’ behalf to Alexandra Davis, the 25-year-old congressional aide who filed a paternity lawsuit against Jones on March 3, and her mother, Cynthia. Spencer Davis, whom Jones met in 1995 when she was a ticket agent for American Airlines in Arkansas.

“On numerous occasions I have made payments on behalf of Mr. Jones to Cindy and Alex Davis,” Jack said in a statement. A longtime friend of Jones, Jack said he reached an agreement on Jones’ behalf with Spencer Davis in 1995, paying him $375,000 and providing for “monthly child support payments that eventually totaled more than $2 million”.

Jones did not acknowledge that Davis was his biological daughter. When asked why he used the term ‘child support’ in his statement, Jack replied, “I used the term child support because that’s what the agreement calls it. .” When asked if the ‘child support’ payments indicated Jones was Davis’ father, Jack paused for five seconds before saying, ‘I’m not going to answer that question. My statement speaks of herself.”

When asked why Jones paid Davis and his mother millions if Davis was not his daughter, Jones spokesman Jim Wilkinson declined to comment.

Jack and Wilkinson refused to release a copy of the agreement that created two trusts that have paid Davis and his mother more than $1.3 million over the past 25 years. Two additional lump sum payments are due to Davis when she turns 26 and 28.

Through her attorney, Davis asked a court to revoke the agreement her mother made when she was 1 and have Jones declared her father. Her attorney, Andrew A. Bergman, has repeatedly said she is not looking for money and that after being rejected for years by Jones, his client just wants to be able to put her name on her birth certificate.

But Jack said he got a much different impression of Davis’ motives when he met her and her mother for dinner at a Dallas steakhouse several years ago.

“At this meeting, Alex read me a personal letter she had written to Jerry Jones in which she expressed her displeasure with what she had received and asked for $20 million,” Jack said. “She said that if this amount was paid, she would not bother Mr. Jones again and would keep their relationship confidential.”

Neither Jack nor Wilkinson could provide proof of the letter or the date of the dinner. Wilkinson said it was “three or four years ago.”

“Let’s see the letter,” Bergman said Thursday. “And let’s see the evidence that more money has been paid out beyond these deals. And I would ask why? Is Jerry saying money replaces being a father? Does the millions make make him a good father and make my client an extortionist? Don’t forget that the money depended on his silence.”

Davis, an aide to U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, declined to comment for ESPN and other outlets.

In a court filing on Monday, Jones accused Davis of taking legal action after he unsuccessfully tried to extort money from him, a claim Bergman emphatically denied. Wilkinson said the dinner date with Jack supported the allegation.

“It clearly demonstrates that money has always been the ultimate goal here,” Wilkinson said. “And sadly, this is only part of a larger calculated and concerted effort that has been going on for some time by many people with different agendas.”

Jack told ESPN that Davis and his mother’s periodic demands for money and other expenses exceeded the amount Jones agreed to pay in the trust agreement by nearly $1 million over years.

Those extra expenses include $33,000 for Davis’ “Sweet 16” birthday party, which was featured on the reality TV show “Big Rich Texas.” Additionally, Jones paid “all of Alex’s educational expenses,” including four years at SMU and one year at a private high school, Wilkinson said. Jones also paid $24,000 for Davis to take a trip abroad after graduating from college and $25,000 for Davis and his mother to take a Christmas vacation in Paris, Wilkinson said.

“The facts clearly show that millions of dollars were paid out,” Wilkinson said, “and on top of that a $20 million shakedown attempt was made. I think that speaks for itself as to the motives.”

A March 10 letter of demand from a Jones attorney links Davis’ paternity lawsuit and many other recent Cowboys scandals to the ongoing contentious divorce battle between Jones’ daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson, and her ex-husband, Shy Anderson. The letter, obtained by ESPN, advises Anderson to keep the documents “to determine if there is a conspiracy between you and others, including, but not limited to, some of your attorneys.” The letter to Anderson says Jones asked attorney Charles L. Babcock “to investigate whether he has any potential claims against you and others for conversion [extortion] and other offences.”

The letter advises Jones’ longtime son-in-law to keep documents and other evidence in 10 categories, including communications he may have had with Davis and his mother. Other specified matters the attorneys have asked Anderson to preserve include “Any efforts to obtain money from Mr. Jones directly or indirectly” and “Any efforts to obtain information that you and/or your attorney consider as embarrassing to Mr. Jones”.

“The evidence preservation letter speaks for itself,” Wilkinson said Thursday. Anderson’s divorce attorney, Lisa G. Duffee, did not return messages from ESPN.

Wilkinson said Bergman, Davis’ attorney, held two meetings with Levi A. McCathern, an outside attorney for Jones, and his legal partner after he filed the March 3 lawsuit in which Bergman allegedly demanded money for settle the matter.

Wilkinson quoted Bergman as saying in the first meeting, “If you want this gone, it’s going to cost you Zeke or Dak money.”

“There was never a discussion of a non-monetary resolution. Money was always part of the deal,” Wilkinson said.

Bergman said Thursday he never asked for a dollar to settle the case.

“It’s absolutely untrue — and they know it — that I ever asked for money on Alex’s behalf,” Bergman said. “They said, ‘What does she want? And I said she wanted to establish parentage, and Jerry can do that cooperatively or not. Levi said Jerry wouldn’t because of mom Gene. Levi said Jerry said Alex would never be part of our family in a picture when we raise money for the Salvation Army. It’s the truth.

Wilkinson said McCathern strongly denied saying those words to Bergman.

“Now they’ve changed their story yet again,” Wilkinson said. “At first it wasn’t about the money. Now it’s about the money. And now they’re on three sides of a two-sided problem. They’re all over the map here. Choose a story and stick to it. It’s clownish.”

A scheduled hearing to determine whether the suit remains sealed was canceled Thursday after Jones’ attorneys withdrew their request to have it sealed. It is unclear when the lawyers will return to court.

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