TV Weather Anchor Heidi Jones Denies Claiming Attempted Rape, Says Lawyer

WABC meteorologist Heidi Jones is unfairly in the center of a media storm ever since police accused her of filing a false assault report, her attorney, Paul Callan said Friday.

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Callan says Jones never told police she was raped or was the victim of an attempted rape, and has been wrongly portrayed in “disturbingly one-sided and unfair” accounts about her arrest.

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Police arrested Jones Monday for filing a false police report. According to numerous news outlets including MSNBC the police say Jones,  who also fills in as a substitute weather forecaster on  ABC’s Good Morning America, told them while she was jogging in Central Park on September 24, a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind, dragged her into a wooded area and attempted to rape her. Jones also said  that man was scared off by two people who tried to help her.

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But inconsistencies in her story, as well as cops not being able to find witnesses or physical evidence, led the police to accuse her of filing a false report.

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WABC has suspended Jones pending the outcome of an internal investigation. If convicted of the Class A misdemeanor,  she could face up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Jones’ attorney declined to say exactly what his client did tell the cops.


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