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Lawyers for Cowboys owner contend woman's sex assault lawsuit filed too late

09/26/2014 03:15 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST
DALLAS - Lawyers for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones argue an Oklahoma woman waited too long to file a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.

State District Judge Dale Tillery did not immediately rule Friday on whether a Texas statute of limitations prevents Jana Weckerly's lawsuit from proceeding.

Weckerly's lawyer, Thomas Bowers, argued Jones paid her hush money for at least four years after the alleged 2009 assault, creating a conspiracy to silence her.

But Levi McCathern, one of Jones' lawyers, denied any payments were made and said even if they were, Weckerly wasn't under any pressure to take them.

Jones has also denied the allegations of assault.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 16. Weckerly is seeking damages of more than US$1 million.

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