A judge has ordered Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, to take a paternity test as part of a legal dispute with a 26-year-old woman who claims Jones is her biological father according to apnews.com.
A Texas judge ordered genetic testing in a paternity case brought by Alexandra Davis, who previously claimed in a separate lawsuit that she was conceived as a result of Jones’ relationship with her mother in the mid-1990s.
Jones’s attorneys did not respond immediately to requests for comment on Friday, but they did state in court filings that they intend to appeal the decision. Andrew Bergman, one of Davis’ lawyers, confirmed the decision but declined to comment further.
Davis sued Jones in Dallas County in March, asking a judge to overturn a legal agreement she claims her mother, Cynthia Davis, made with Jones two years after she was born.
The 1998 settlement allegedly stated that Jones would financially support them as long as they did not publicly state that he was Alexandra’s father — something the married Cowboys owner denied.
Davis dropped that case in April, saying that she would instead seek to prove that Jones is her father. She filed the paternity case that month.
On Thursday, Associate Judge T. Jones Abendroth wrote that “after careful consideration” she would grant Davis’ motion to have Jones undergo genetic testing.
The 80-year-old Jones and his wife, Gene, were married in 1963. They have three children, and all have front office roles with the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team president and general manager.
Davis’ original lawsuit claimed that Jones “pursued” Cynthia Davis, who was also married at the time, after they met while she was working for American Airlines out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jones allegedly agreed to pay Cynthia Davis $375,000 and Alexandra Davis to receive “certain monthly, annual, and special funding” from a trust until she was 21, as well as lump sum payments when she turned 24, 26, and 28.