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Jerry Jones Believes He, Cowboys Are Being Extorted

Jerry Jones on the field before the Dallas Cowboys game in 2019.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04: Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jerry Jones asked a judge to dismiss a paternity case filed against him earlier in the month, alleging that the plaintiff attempted extortion against the Dallas Cowboys owner and team.

According to ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr., Jones' legal team filed a motion Monday afternoon claiming 25-year-old congressional aide Alexandra Davis attempted to "make a deal" to "assure that he would not be publicly or privately identified" as her father before filing the complaint.

Jones, who denied the allegations, accused Davis of making "let's make a deal' overtures" and requested a case dismissal with prejudice.

Andrew A. Bergman, Davis' attorney, provided ESPN a letter he sent from Jones in January saying Davis was "more than willing to participate in genetic determination." He denied Jones' extortion claims.

"I would challenge Jerry Jones to put up any evidence that anyone demanded any money, period. It's a shame that Jerry Jones wants to further damage his own daughter by now claiming she is extorting him," Bergman said. "I challenge them to put up any evidence that supports either one of these defamatory and false claims."

Per Van Natta, a letter from Jones' lawyer, Charles L. Babcock, links Davis' lawsuit to divorce proceedings between Jones' daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson, and her husband, Shy Anderson. The letter instructs Anderson to preserve communication evidence with Cowboys executive Vincent Thompson, who tipped ESPN to a $2.4 million settlement the team confidentially paid to four cheerleaders who accused senior team executive Richard Dalrymple of voyeurism in 2015.

Thompson called the letter "ridiculous" and denied any contact with Anderson since leaving the organization in 2009.

Davis' lawsuit alleges that Jones paid her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer, $375,000 to keep their relationship and paternity a secret. The suit, seeking an official end to the agreement, said 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."

Jones declined to answer questions about the suit at the NFL's annual meetings in Florida, calling the matter "a personal issue."

A hearing is scheduled Thursday afternoon to determine whether Davis' initial complaint will remain sealed to the public.