Earlier in the week we reported that WABC-TV/Channel 7 weather forecaster Heidi Jones was accused of filing a false report with the NYPD for an attempted rape.
Now, Jones, through her lawyer, says that she never told police she was was a victim of attempted rape.
The lawyer says the characterization of the case as a ‘false rape claim’ is an attempted character assassination.
On Monday, Jones got swept up in a media firestorm when police handed Jones a ticket for false reporting. She had initially told them she was accosted by the same man on two occasions, while jogging in Central Park and again near her apartment.
Jones gave specific details of the alleged attack, claiming he was a stocky Hispanic male in his 30s wearing a black jeans jacket and blue jeans, about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Jones was given a desk appearance ticket. The charge is a misdemeanor and she was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 15. If convicted, she could face a year in prison and fines.
WABC suspended Jones indefinitely while they conduct an internal investigation.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said valuable police resources and time were wasted on the investigation.