Former WABC-TV Weatherperson Heidi Jones Pleads Guilty To Faking Rape Story

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – Former Eyewitness News weatherperson Heidi Jones has admitted she made up claims of being sexually assaulted twice in New York City — claims that sparked an extensive police investigation.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

Jones, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident. The judge says she will be sentenced to three years’ probation and 350 hours of community service — the same amount of time prosecutors say police spent looking into her phony claims.

“This has been a tragic case for Heidi Jones. She was at the pinnacle of the broadcast industry at ABC and Good Morning America and her life has really been destroyed, her professional life, by this incident, and Heidi, from the moment I first met with her, she wanted to accept personal responsibility for what she had done,” said defense attorney Paul Callan.

Jones told police on Dec. 1 a man had attacked her in Central Park last September and again outside her apartment in November.

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.

Jones no longer works at New York’s local ABC station. Her lawyer declined to comment on the circumstances of her departure.

She previously worked in cities including Albany, N.Y., and Houston.

She also has filled in on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Jones is due to be sentenced Oct. 26.

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  1. REAL TRUTH says:

    THE LYING BIT*H SHOULD GET JAIL TIME.

  2. A TV news personality creating a fiction? Yeah, sounds about right.

    http://rhymeandreasonable.com

    Also, the ‘Some Puerto Rican guy’ angle? Totally bogarted from South Park

  3. I'll handle this... says:

    She needs to be spanked and j i z z l e d.

  4. HR says:

    There’s a job opening at the Sofitel Hotel. It’s a house keeper position.
    This could help her income requirements during these troubled times.

    A word of advice: Don’t enter an occupied guest room!

  5. mj says:

    not to worry .. se has a great future ahead of her as a poliotician

    1. Hillary Clinton, Liar says:

      “I remember coming under sniper fire as we landed…”

  6. BigAppleGuy says:

    Maybe she has Attention Deficit Disorder lol. Really, what a DmAs she must be in RL. She was already on TV. How much more attention did this RchBch need? I think a psych evaluation should have been part of her sentence as there is obviously something wrong with her to pull not one but two stunts like that.

  7. mojorisin says:

    This goes to show that women can get away with anything nowadays just because they are female. Instead they get a deal with Playboy.

    1. rockwayvw says:

      she’s gonna be in Playboy?! …cool

      1. Joey Hardway says:

        She should try the Porn Industry!!!

  8. Bman says:

    GOT OFF SCOTT FREE>…… WHAT F C KED UP STORY ! SHE SHOULD of GOTTEN SOME SERIOUS JAILTIME>>> GOOD TO BE WHITE AND HAVE $!

  9. roy says:

    You failed to mention that she blamed it on a puerto rican ..I guess thats okay…someone could have been locked up for her lie.Just another day in new york city.

    1. Claude says:

      It’s bad enough when someone falsely claims to be a victim, but worse still when the lie promotes racial and ethnic stereotypes.

    2. MIKE says:

      EXACTLY!!!! IF SHE WOULD NOT HAVE COME CLEAN SOME POOR HISPANIC GUY WOULD HAVE BEEN LABELED A RAPIST…CRIMINAL…THE MAYOR WOULD HAVE BEEN ON TY DEGRADIMG THE GUY.

      UNBELIEVABLE!

      LETS NOT FORGET THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGERS…THE REAL PERSON CONFESSED, BUT YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE 5 YOUNG CHILDREN AT THAT TIME!!

  10. Claude says:

    Very sad that she trashed her career for nothing. How can a person who earns her living in front of a camera be so starved for attention?

  11. No Angel Myself says:

    No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes.

  12. Ben says:

    What if someone was charged for what she says happened to her? What about the hundreds of women this has REALLY happened to I’m sure they would love to say, opps, you know what I wasn’t really attacked. How unfair to them, and we tax paying citizens who had to pay someone to follow her lies.

  13. too bad says:

    She is a hottie

    1. Yeah but... says:

      …the new weekend weathergirl at Channel 7 is even hotter than her….

  14. LG says:

    She suffers Munchausen sydrome.

    1. Ass Burgers syndrome says:

      is that anything like Ass Burgers syndrome?

  15. Richard Murphy says:

    Give her her job back. She got a slap on the wrist. She is Eye Candy🙂

    1. Nick says:

      Your eyes are in deep need of urgent care.

  16. Nick says:

    Lock her up in the men’s prison. She’ll get all the attention she wanted. The inmates don’t care how haggish and droopy she is.

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