Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is in the news yet again — for reasons well beyond the football field. On Wednesday, Nataly Keomoungkhoun of the Dallas Morning News reported that the 79-year-old GM is being sued by a 25-year-old woman who is claiming that Jones paid her mother to conceal that he was her biological father when she was a baby. Alexandra Davis alleges that the billionaire gave her mother $375,00 in 1996 (when Davis was just one year old) to carry the secret she has held her entire life … until now.
Davis claims she was bound to secrecy due to a confidentiality agreement signed by her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer. The lawsuit, which was obtained by ESPN, states that Jones had an Arkansas friend and lawyer named Donald Jack help him with the agreement back in 1996. The settlement included setting up two trusts for Davis linked to her and her mother.
Davis, who filed the suit in Dallas County court last Thursday, is asking to be released from the confidentiality agreement signed by her mother when she was an infant.
According to the lawsuit, Jones courted Davis’s mother when she was working at an American Airlines ticket counter in Little Rock, Arkansas. Davis Spencer claims she was estranged from her husband and going through a divorce when she met Jones.
In settlement documents, Jones denied that he was the biological father of Davis. Here is a quote from the lawsuit:
"“The combined effects of the aforementioned agreements and Cynthia’s divorce proceedings resulted in Plaintiff never having a legal father. To add incredible insult to injury, Plaintiff has 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 to shun her, has been to coerce her from ever disclosing his identity.”"
Details emerge about the lawsuit against Cowboys GM Jerry Jones. A 25-year-old woman named Alexandra Davis claims the owner paid her mother $375,000 in 1996 “in exchange for confidentiality” that Jones was the biological father of Davis.
Davis now lives in Washington, D.C. She worked in the White House during Trump’s presidency and is currently an aide to Republican Representative of Texas Ronny Jackson. The lawsuit was posted to the Dallas County courts’ website on Monday and is therefore available to hundreds of Texas lawyers and other members of the public. On Tuesday, Davis and her team went to the courts to ask a judge to put the lawsuit under a temporary seal pending a March 31 hearing.
The lawsuit states 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.”
This news comes just a few weeks after ESPN reported that the franchise paid a $2.4 million confidential settlement to four team cheerleaders after former Cowboys executive Richard Dalrymple was accused of voyeurism in 2015. The cheerleaders said the retired exec used his security card to get into their locker room and take photos of them while they were changing.
Jones and his current wife Gene have three children together, all of whom have high-level roles in the Cowboys organization. Both Jim Wilkinson (a spokesman for Jones) and Andrew Bergman (Davis’s attorney) declined to comment on the lawsuit.