Heidi Jones was sentenced to three years probation in a plea deal. She must also perform 350 hours of community service and seek psychiatric counseling.
Heidi Jones, a former TV meteorologist, admitted today that she had made up claims of being repeatedly attacked by a stranger on the city streets. The allegations sparked an extensive investigation before police said she told them she’d invented the story to get attention.
A defense lawyer says he and prosecutors are discussing “a possible resolution” of charges that a local WABC-TV meteorologist fabricated claims of being raped in Manhattan.
Authorities say WABC-TV meteorologist Heidi Jones told police she concocted claims of being attacked because she was under personal and professional stress and wanted attention.
A lawyer for Heidi Jones said Friday his client never said she was the victim of an attempted rape. The attorney did not clarify what Jones says she told police.
A Channel 7 weather anchor was suspended from her job on Wednesday, after police said she filed a phony police report about being stalked and assaulted in Central Park.