Jerry Jones Lawsuit Settled This Morning After Late-Night Lawyering

Let us never speak of this again.

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So that dancer dropped her sexual assault suit against Jerry Jones. Oddest detail from this story: the settlement was reached at 3 a.m. today. Surely they didn’t start early this morning and work for a couple hours. What time did they start yesterday? Did they take a dinner break? At, like, 11 o’clock, why didn’t they say, “Guys, let’s all go home, get some rest, and then get back at this at, oh, say 9:30 tomorrow”? More questions: does this mean that Jerry is guilty and didn’t want this thing to go to trial? Does this mean that every exotic dancer he encounters in the future — and surely there will be future exotic dancers — will file a lawsuit against him? The dancer initially wanted $1 million. Did she settle for $50,000? Does she have to pay taxes on that?

UPDATE (11:54) Jerry’s attorney sends along the following statement: “”We are pleased with the Court’s Judgment against Ms. Weckerly. Ms. Weckerly’s allegations were false. This case is over.” He also sends along a copy of the judgment, which dismisses the legal action by the plaintiff with prejudice, giving her no money.

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Comments

  • LJT

    Hmmm…what time is last call at The Men’s Club? Time to get down to business.

  • 1stand10burger

    re: your tax question. IIRC she will owe income tax on the gross amount of the settlement without regard to attorney fees. i.e. if she got $100,000 and the attorney (on 40% contingency) got $40,000, and that was her ONLY income this year, she would owe the IRS 28% on the $100k. so after Obama takes his $28,000 and her atty gets his $40,000, she’s left with $32,000 of the $100,000.

    • 1stand10burger

      i could be a little off on those numbers, but you get the point.

  • Dubious Brother

    If the settlement is for emotional distress or mental anguish which I believe the lawsuit included language to that affect, the settlement would be tax free to her but the attorney fees would not be deductible for her.
    If the settlement is not for physical or mental damages, the amount would be taxable to her and the attorney fees would be deductible to her.
    There may be a combination of the two.

  • 1stand10burger

    that, or maybe they couldn’t get in touch with her to get an agreement on the settlement until her shift ended.

  • Brett Moore

    Just a random curiosity, but can you negotiate that the other party pay your taxes and legal fees as part of the settlement?

  • 1stand10burger

    everything’s negotiable, just means if you want to walk w/ $100k, you have to gross up the settlement amount to cover all the other stuff.

  • niceguytx

    I think this might need an update. I understood that the case was dismissed by the judge because of statute of limitation issues. I don’t think there was a settlement.