Woman sues Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he’s her father, court documents show

A 25-year-old congressional aide who grew up in North Texas has sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he was his biological father.

Lawyers for Alexandra Davis filed a lawsuit Thursday in Dallas County, claiming that Jones and her mother had a relationship in the mid-1990s from which she was conceived. According to court documents, Jones and Davis’ mother, Cynthia Davis, reached an agreement to financially support mother and child as long as they did not publicly identify Jones as his father.

Alexandra Davis is asking a court to find that she is not legally bound by the agreement between Jones and her mother if she tries to legally establish that he is her father. She doesn’t want to be sued or lose her financial trusts. She also seeks a court declaration that such settlement agreements should be “unenforceable” in Texas.

The lawsuit was temporarily sealed on Wednesday ahead of a hearing scheduled for March 31, according to court records. The Dallas Morning News obtained the lawsuit through the county’s online court records system before the case was sealed.

Alexandra Davis and her attorney could not be reached for comment by phone or email Wednesday afternoon. Her mother declined to comment immediately.

Lawyers listed in court records as representing Jones could not be reached for comment by phone or email Wednesday afternoon. Jim Wilkinson, a personal spokesman for Jones, declined to comment.

Jones made millions drilling for oil in his youth and is a real estate developer. The oil industry set him up to buy the Cowboys in 1989 for $140 million. The business is owned by the Jones family, his wife, Gene, and their three children. The Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1996 corn Forbes ranks them as the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

The lawsuit comes as the Cowboys faced recent controversy over a 2016 legal settlement involving four cheerleaders. It was revealed last month that the Cowboys had paid the cheerleaders a $2.4 million settlement in response to allegations by four cheerleaders that the franchise’s head of public relations, Rich Dalrymple, reportedly filmed them changing clothes in a locker room. Jones said he takes the allegations seriously.

Cynthia and Alexandra Davis starred in the third and final season of Big Rich Texas, a Dallas-Fort Worth-based reality show that followed five wealthy women and their daughters. At the time, representatives for Cynthia Davis said she was living off a trust fund.

Lawsuit allegations

According to court documents, Cynthia Davis was married but separated from her husband when she met Jones. She worked as a ticket agent for American Airlines at the Little Rock airport, according to court documents.

Jones “sued” Cynthia Davis and the couple began a relationship, according to court documents. It is not known how long the relationship lasted.

Alexandra Davis was born on December 16, 1996, and soon after, Cynthia Davis and her husband filed for divorce. During the divorce proceedings, it was determined through genetic testing that Alexandra Davis was not the child of Cynthia Davis’ husband. He was not ordered to pay child support when the divorce was finalized and Alexandra Davis did not have a legal father, according to court documents.

After receiving the test results, Cynthia Davis told Jones that he was Alexandra Davis’ biological father, according to the lawsuit. According to court documents, Jones told Cynthia Davis he couldn’t have children.

Jones and his wife married in 1963.

The lawsuit says Jones and his attorneys negotiated a settlement with Cynthia Davis that would “trade money for silence.” Jones asked his friend and lawyer Donald Jack to act on his behalf to help Cynthia Davis with her divorce proceedings, according to the lawsuit.

Jack declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.

About $27,000 was used to help Cynthia Davis get a divorce, according to court documents. An additional $30,000 was granted to him to continue negotiations “in good faith”. The lawsuit alleges it was in Jones’ best interests for Cynthia Davis to finalize the divorce before he was legally declared or identified as Alexandra Davis’ father.

Jones and Cynthia Davis reached an “agreement” that Jones would provide financial support to Cynthia and Alexandra Davis as long as they did not publicly reveal he was Alexandra Davis’ father, according to court documents. Violation of the agreement would result in financial support being withdrawn and Jones or Jack suing.

A settlement agreement dated August 14, 1998 listed Jack as the authorized agent of the “putative father”, who was Jones, according to court documents. A “putative father” is a man whose relationship to a child has not been established, but he is presumed to be the child’s biological father.

In the agreement, the “putative father” denied paternity.

In exchange for the confidentiality, a lump sum payment of $375,000 would be made to Cynthia Davis once the settlement was executed, and two trusts were created and funded by Jones for Alexandra Davis, according to court documents.

Alexandra Davis was to receive “certain monthly, annual and special funding” from the trusts until she was 21, and annual lump sums at ages 24, 26 and 28. The settlor of the trusts was Jack, who the lawsuit said had to hide Jones’ identity.

The lawsuit said Jones barred Alexandra Davis, who was 1 at the time of the settlement, from seeking to legally establish paternity.

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Fear of losing support

Alexandra Davis has spent her life concealing her father’s identity, and Jones’ only role in her life is to “avoid her” and “coerce her into never disclosing her identity”, according to the lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis grew up in the Dallas area and graduated from Southern Methodist University, according to court documents. Jones’ house is a few miles from campus. Jones was in contact with Cynthia Davis, but he and Alexandra Davis never met, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said Alexandra Davis lived in fear of losing Jones’ financial support if she told anyone who her father was. The only time she revealed her father’s identity was when she had to get FBI security clearance to work in the White House for President Donald Trump, according to the lawsuit. She currently works for U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson, a Republican from Amarillo, according to her LinkedIn profile.

It’s unclear why Alexandra Davis filed the lawsuit now. The lawsuit mentions his mother’s health concerns.

Court documents indicate that Cynthia Davis was subpoenaed to testify in the divorce proceedings from Jones’ daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson. The court documents for this case are also sealed.

Writers Emily Caldwell and David Moore contributed to this report.

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