Heidi Jones, WABC-TV Meteorologist Accused Of Crying Rape, Making Deal?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– A defense lawyer says he and prosecutors are discussing “a possible resolution” of charges that a local WABC TV meteorologist fabricated claims of being attacked twice in Manhattan.

Heidi Jones’ attorney declined to elaborate Wednesday on whether the discussions included a potential plea deal in the misdemeanor false-reporting case. For now, lawyer Paul Callan said he’s preparing to file papers contesting aspects of the case, including statements police say Jones made.

Jones declined to comment after a brief court hearing.

According to published reports, Callan told the judge that if no deal is reached he will seek to have several statements Jones allegedly made to cops barred as evidence against her at trial.

“I did make this up. I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family. I know there is no justification for it,” Jones told cops last December, according to court documents.

Jones is due back in court May 4.

Prosecutors say Jones told police in December that a man had attacked her in Central Park on Sept. 24, but she reported the incident through ABC security on Nov. 24. Police said when her story fell apart, she was arrested. She later admitted she “made it up for attention,” prosecutors added.

Jones was later suspended from her job at Channel 7.

She stated that she had some personal problems and that the facts, the information, that she had given to the police initially was incorrect,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Kelly also told 1010 WINS’ reporter Carol D’Auria that valuable police resources and time were wasted on the investigation.

The personal problems police said were a breakup in a relationship. Psychiatrist Dr. Eric Hollander, of Montefiore and Albert Einstein, said filing a false rape charge can sometimes happen.

“These individuals sometimes have a history of early abuse or neglect which leads to some difficulties in inter-personal relationships,” Hollander said.

In a career at ABC, Jones has often filled in on shows like “Good Morning America.” If convicted Jones could face up to a year in prison. Her arrest came 10 months after former WABC sports anchor Marvell Scott was charged with raping a 14-year-old runaway.

Scott could face a trial early next year.

And in October, Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf was charged with molesting a 5-year-old girl inside his New Jersey home. Leaf is out on bail.

Should Jones be allowed to make a plea deal in this case? Share your comments below

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  1. lorraine and marilyn says:

    Therapy and Zanex and make her do community service in Spanish Harlem. No jail.

  2. Raya says:

    She clearly has mental and emotional issues. Her career is ruined. She doesn’t need jail, just therapy.

  3. Schlomo Horowitz says:

    she made a mistake. Her life and career are already ruined. Wht add insult to injury. Murders spend less time in jail.

  4. anonymous me says:

    How would you like to be the innocent guy who goes to prison for her lies? Throw her butt in jail.

  5. mjones says:

    she’s a white woman, why is that they always have some type of issue when thay lie??? she said she was assaulted by a hispanic man..i hope she gets what coming to her! Jail!

  6. Mr. Armenia says:

    If Tawana Brawley got off without being arrested then why is Ms. Jones being charged

    1. Leslie Skemer says:

      I agree Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton got off without any jail time for the false
      report then why pick on Ms. Jones.

  7. P.E.R says:

    All this mess for attention? She appears on tv and she wantsd more attention? She should have known better. She hd too much time on her hands ,time she could have donated to some charity work helping children, the aged or the poor. She would have felt more useful and received all the right attention. Give her time in jail to think about the consequences of her actions. Now many real rape victims might hesitate to report a rape for fear of being doubted.

  8. Schooling Devnio says:

    Hey Devnio, what happened to Twanna Braley when she falsely cried rape? NOTHING
    What happened in the Duke rape casewhen Cryustal Magnum falsey accused four white students of rape?
    NOTHING?
    And you come on here accusing racism when the white woman was arrested and the black women got off scot-free. They were never even arrested.
    Either you are incredibly stupid or racist or most likely both.

  9. Lil Rodney says:

    She is a racist and a bigot. I hope she does time.

  10. Devenio says:

    Just two words – Twanna Braley. You guys would have run Twanna under a bus because of the color of her skin yet little miss weather girl gets a break? d

  11. Idratherbegolfing says:

    Come on. Her career is ruined. She will wind up doing weather in Fargo, ND. Give her some probation and lets move on. She does not deserve jail time. People have done a lot worse and have gotten off with no more then a slap on the wrist.

  12. Val says:

    Stress or no stress, you don’t make this kind of stuff up – twice! She deserves to be punished.

  13. Jay Rick says:

    She has suffered enough damage – let her go

    1. ROBERT says:

      I’ll take her!

  14. wxyz says:

    Heidi, what’s the weather like for Friday?

  15. nathan says:

    Shes nuts, her career is ruined – she doesn’t pose any threat to the public. Let it go.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Of course she is a threat to the public. Women like her do two things. 1 – They put innocent men in prison and ruin their lives. 2 – They make it so actual victims of rape are afraid to step forward for fear of beinga ccused of lying.

      This pathetic excuse for a human needs to be punished to the full extent of the law.

      1. MJONES says:

        DITTO!!!

        SEND HER BUT TO JAIL….DO U KNOW HAW MAKY HISPANICA WERE ARRESTED BY THE DESCRIOTION SHE GAVE???? NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THAT. WHAT IF ONE OF THEM WAS CONVICTED, IT WOULD HAVE ANOTHER PERSON INJAIL AND THE MAYOR WOULD HAVE PRAISED THE NYPD FOR A JOB WELL DONE

        COME TO FIND OUT SHE LIED!!!!

        JAIL..JAIL…JAIL…JAIL…JAIL…JAIL..JAIL…JAIL….

    2. Blind Justice says:

      Nate, Nate, Nate: c’mon buddy, get real! There has to be repercussions or there would be anarchy. Why should the rich white girl get off free when others don’t!

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