A judge has ordered Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to take a paternity test in a legal dispute with a 26-year-old woman who claims the billionaire is her biological father.
A Texas judge issued the genetic testing order on Thursday in a paternity case brought by Alexandra Davis, who previously alleged in a separate lawsuit that she was conceived from a relationship Jones had with her mother. in the mid 1990s.
Jones’ attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday, but said in court papers they intended to appeal the decision. One of Davis’ attorneys, Andrew Bergman, confirmed the decision, but had no immediate comment. In March, Davis sued Jones in Dallas County, asking a judge to overturn a legal agreement she said her mother, Cynthia Davis, made with Jones two years after she was born. The 1998 settlement reportedly said Jones would support them financially as long as they didn’t publicly say he was Alexandra’s father – something the married Cowboys owner denied.
Davis dropped that case in April, saying she would instead seek to prove that Jones is her father. She filed the paternity case that month.
On Thursday, Associate Justice T. Jones Abendroth wrote that “after careful consideration,” she would grant Davis’ request that Jones undergo genetic testing.
Jones, 80, and his wife, Gene, married in 1963. They have three children and all have front-office roles with the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team’s president and general manager.
Davis’ original lawsuit alleged that Jones “sued” Cynthia Davis, who was also married at the time, after they met while working for American Airlines in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Their settlement would have called for Jones to pay $375,000 to Cynthia Davis and Alexandra Davis to receive “certain monthly, annual and special funding” from a trust until age 21, as well as lump sum payments to the ages of 24, 26 and 28.