Lawyers for the 25-year-old congressional aide who is suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement on Thursday saying their client was not motivated by money but instead wanted a judge overturns agreement “attempting to prohibit him from saying who his real father is.”
The woman, Alexandra Davis, who lives in Washington DC, was not motivated by “fame or fortune” when she filed her lawsuit on March 3 against Jones, alleging the billionaire is her biological father, her parents said. lawyers in the press release.
“Ms. Davis’ lawsuit does not seek to recover any money,” Davis attorneys Andrew A. Bergman and Jay K. Gray of Dallas wrote in a statement released to ESPN. “Ms. Davis’s lawsuit seeks only to have a court declare that she is not bound by an agreement made that attempts to prohibit her from saying who her real father is. Surely anyone can understand this need for a child, regardless of age. have the ability to say they have a father without fear of reprisal.”
The lawsuit states that Davis “lived her life without a father and in secret and in fear that if she were to tell anyone who her father was, she and her mother would lose their financial support, or worse.” Jones allegedly paid $375,000 to Davis’ mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer, who the lawsuit says was wooed by the Cowboys owner in 1995 while working at the American Airlines ticket office in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Davis, who now works as an aide to U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas, has declined to comment to ESPN and other media since the lawsuit became public Wednesday night. His attorneys explained in their statement that their client’s lawsuit was filed against Jones “only after Ms. Davis’s numerous attempts to handle the matter privately were ignored” by Jones and his attorneys.
Bergman declined to answer questions beyond the statement. Jim Wilkinson, a spokesman for Jones, also declined to comment and said Jones would have no comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that when Davis was one year old, his mother signed an agreement with Jones’ friend and lawyer, Donald Jack, accepting the $375,000 payout. But two trusts that paid an undisclosed amount to Davis and his mother, and which remain in effect, meant that Davis “never had a legal father,” the lawsuit says.
“To add incredible insult to injury, plaintiff had to spend her entire life hiding and concealing who her real father is. Defendant Jones’ only role in plaintiff’s life to date, other than as to avoid it, was to compel her never to reveal her identity.”
The complaint also states that Charlotte Jones Anderson, senior Cowboys executive and daughter of Jones, is currently in the process of divorcing her husband, Shy Anderson. The lawsuit says Davis Spencer was recently subpoenaed for a deposition in the divorce proceedings, which is described in the lawsuit as “protracted and contentious.” The lawsuit alleges that after Davis Spencer was subpoenaed to testify in a divorce-related deposition, she was contacted “by at least one person” associated with Jerry Jones.
“This person informed Cynthia that the defendant Jones would be very upset if she testified during his deposition and revealed that he was the father of Plantiff. two lump sum payments due to plaintiff when she turns 2 and 28, if Cynthia testified that defendant Jones is plaintiff’s father.”
The lawsuit was posted Monday on the Dallas County Courts website and therefore available to the public, including hundreds of Texas attorneys. The team found out about the lawsuit filing late Monday.
In their statement, Davis’ attorneys said “at the request of Mr. Jones, Ms. Davis agreed to have the court records temporarily sealed to avoid publicity. Ms. Davis hoped that during this time the lawsuit could be resolved without publicity. However, between the time the lawsuit was filed and the court records were sealed, the lawsuit was discovered.”
It is unclear whether Davis’ attorneys and Jones’ attorneys have entered into discussions about whether to settle the case. On March 31, a hearing will be held to determine whether the court records will remain sealed from the public.