DA: WABC-TV Meteorologist Made Up Attack For Attention

NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) — A TV meteorologist told police she concocted claims of being attacked because she was under personal and professional stress and wanted attention, a court document released Wednesday shows.

Heidi Jones said nothing as she appeared briefly in a Manhattan court Wednesday to answer misdemeanor charges of false reporting. Her lawyer, Paul F. Callan, said she would fight the charges and had been “unfairly characterized and vilified” in some press reports on her case.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports

“I would urge everybody to understand that there is a presumption of innocence that applies even to Heidi Jones in this case,” Jones’ attorney, Paul Callan said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa speaks with Jones’ lawyer

Jones, who has been suspended from her job at WABC-TV, told police Dec. 1 that she’d been attacked in Central Park in September and then again outside her apartment in November, according to a court complaint prosecutors filed Wednesday.

Police have said she told them the same man targeted her both times — the first time while she ran in the park — and she provided a detailed description including the alleged attacker’s race, height and clothing. A detective unit that specializes in investigating sex crimes spoke to possible witnesses and canvassed the area to look for a suspect.

Police detectives actually did pick up a Latino who vaguely fit Jones’ description, but he was not arrested, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman. He was quickly released, and the police apologized.

Callan has said Jones never told police she was the victim of a rape, but has declined to elaborate on what she did say to investigators.

Ultimately, when a detective spoke to Jones again around midnight on Dec. 13, she admitted she’d fabricated the assaults, the court complaint said.

“I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family,” she said, according to the document.

Released without bail, Jones is due back in court March 16. The misdemeanor charges against her carry the possibility of a year in jail if she’s convicted.

A spokeswoman for WABC-TV didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday about Jones.

Jones, 37, has been with the station for about five years and has anchored its weekend evening weather coverage. She also has filled in on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

She previously worked in cities including Albany, N.Y., and Houston, where she gave a weather forecast while running a marathon.

“Heidi is extremely grateful to the support that has been demonstrated to her by her broadcast colleagues and by her many viewers,” Callan said.

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  1. McGarrett says:

    Now that Hiedi cakes is gone i switched to PIX 11, Jodi Applegate is smoking hot, i ain’t never goin back…..

  2. Common Sense Kidd says:

    She is EXACTLY what the problem is with most people in the media today. These r people who NEED attention and will stretch, embellish and fabricate the truth to advance their own – or a networks – agenda.

  3. Elise says:

    She needs counseling. WABC can not keep her on staff. At the beginning and end of the day she is a TV reporter! That job requires integrity, even if it is only perceived. Her integrity is shot at this point. She’s a joke and I don’t want her telling me what the weather may or may not be on any given day. I just won’t believe her forecasts because she’s a liar!

  4. Haydee Ho says:

    Send her to the Martha Stewart correctional facility for liars, tramps and thieves.
    Heidi, i had high esteem for you girl. But low esteem for your fashion sense though.

  5. Joe says:

    This should be a FELONY!!!

  6. MURIEL says:

    IT ALL STARTS IN THE CRIB…HEIDI, YOU NEED HELP MY DEAR. TRY GOING ON MATCH.COM….YOU’LL GET LOTS OF ATTENTION THERE HUNNA…LOTS OF LONELY MEN WHO WOULD GIVE YOU PLENTY OF ATTENTION….CHILL GIRL!

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  8. Bob45911 says:

    She needs some counseling and to get on with her life. Don’t fire her.

  9. John says:

    I don’t understand how you admit you lied in one breath and in the next plead not quilty.

    1. Claude R says:

      My sentiments exactly.

  10. aida sosa says:

    she sould not return to channel 7 what she did is wrong

  11. Hot Blooded says:

    Still believe CH 7 has the worst newscasters and reporters in NY. I would rather watch Bklyn 12 then channel 7s news shows.

  12. Ed Steele says:

    First time misdemeanor offenders rarely go to jail; they usually just get a fine, probation, or both. In Heid’s case, it sounds like she’s in need of some therapy.

  13. Ron Franklin says:

    Heidi – Cakes is an A-Hole . Love , Ron Franklin — ESPN

  14. Larry Schwarz says:

    Heidi should plea this out,agree to outpatient psychiatric therapy and be reinstated.There are many broadcasters on New York television who have done much worse,and on the air.They got a slap on the hand.I dont know if The FCC fined them or not.Here in Salt Lake City they would have been dismissed for using 4 letter words on air.Count me as one of Heidis supporters.

    1. KPMc says:

      What NYC NEWS broadcasters did much worse and retained their jobs? Please clarify!

  15. Mr. Truth says:

    I’d love to see her and Liz Cho make out on air…

    1. MC Hammer says:

      TRU DAT!

  16. Tex Antoine says:

    So the weather girl is still under a CLOUD of suspicion. Hopefully things will CLEAR UP for her. It seems bad press has been RAINING down on her since the incident, but LIGHTNING can strike and vindicate her at any time. Seems her life’s been STORMY lately, caused partially by her HIGH PRESSURE job; that lead to a BLIZZARD of criticism. She, unfortunately, will learn that in the current political CLIMATE that no one can FORECAST the way the VOLATILE WINDS of the courts will BLOW. I wish her nothing but SUNSHINE as she moves forward.

  17. McGarrett says:

    I am in love with Heidi, I will give her attention. How about breakfast Sunday morning Heidii? Frech toast ok?

    1. Debbie Downer says:

      No, but French Toast would be nice!

  18. ericm says:

    She’s a complete ditz. She’s under stress at work? Get a REAL job, then talk to us about stress. Good riddence to bad rubbish. She’s nothing more than a spoiled publicity-seeking opportunist who filed a false police report and caused taxpayer dollars to be spent unnecessarily.

  19. Nut Burger says:

    She was on TV every night- that wasn’t enough attention?

    1. TV Viewer says:

      Every night, Miss Janet, Every night!

  20. ebenezer whoopie says:

    That Heidi is one swell looker!

    1. 40's Guy says:

      Swell, you say ebenezer? This dame needs to make it snappy! Say there sonny boy, don’t be such a wise guy!”
      Why, I oughtta’ pop you one!

  21. steve c says:

    I will never watch that weather station again until Heidi is back. She is great to look at and does her job well!!!!

  22. The Good Samaritan says:

    whi is everyne being unfair to Heidi

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

    1. Cathi Black says:

      Yo, Good Sam, learn to spell!

  23. H J says:

    She should DEFINITELY be behind bars !!!!!! Wasting tax payers money and the police dept time, the chance that a poor Innocent guy would have been arrested ! Obviously a spoiled child ! She is certainly not someone that should be in the public eye !

  24. Nick says:

    This is what happens when all you have to sell is your looks. When she hit that wall, she got desperate for ANY attention.

  25. MIKE says:

    what a story! white woman accuses a latino then confesses!! what if she didnt confess??? this prro sole would have been locked up and the commissioner would have been right there thanking the police deaprtment for arresting this guy. She should get the max!!!…ooops!!! she;s white. she’ll get counseling and get another job on tv!! THIS IS AMERICA PEOPLE!!!!!

  26. the bandid says:

    she is just a very stupid young lady, she should spend sometime in the big house where she will get a lots of attention

  27. Johnny Boy says:

    You want attention? Go hangout in Seaside Heights and punch Snooki when you see her.

  28. Louis G. says:

    Tomorrow’s forecast—Prison!

  29. andy warhol says:

    kelly sick to protect her. we live in a sad world

  30. The truth says:

    Will the Police Department led by Commissioner Kelly continue to offer 24 hour protection and a Police Department Escort to all those who actually are or claim to be victims of this type of crime. I doubt it, obviously that type of care and protection will only be given to those in the Media who ‘need attention’.

  31. Devenio says:

    Heidi, you were on TV every damn week! How much more attention did you need. Justice would demand that you loose your job and you spend some time in the loony hatch. I can only hope that this was a first time thing for you and there isn’t some poor fella locked away over some false report you filed in the past.

  32. Bernie Sanders says:

    shes an idiot

  33. BIG TONY says:

    Heidi I have some stress BALLS you can play with next time! GOOD LUCK HEIDI love BIG TONY….

  34. Derrick says:

    see just like mississippi burning. She should be brought up on charges. Wasting police time.

  35. sm says:

    Lacked attention when she was a child?

  36. David Flores says:

    why but why heidi????

    1. Heidi-cakes says:

      ‘cuz I’m nuts.

    2. McGarrett says:

      I love you Heidi-Cakes!

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