Heidi Jones, “Good Morning America” Weather Girl, Lied About Central Park Rape
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Talk About Warm Fronts! One of the Big Apple’s most popular Weather Girls has found herself in a pickle after blitzing cops with the ultimate snow job. The WABC-TV meteorologist is facing misdemeanor charges for filing a false police report after she lied about almost being raped.
On Monday, Jones, who anchors the station’s weekend evening weather coverage and often fills in on Good Morning America’s Weekend Edition, was charged with one count of filing a false report, a Class A misdemeanor.
Last month, Jones contacting police claiming that a man tried to rape her as she jogged in Central Park on Sept. 24. Heidi, 37, said she was accosted by the same man on 2 separate occasions while working out near her apartment.
The TV personality told cops she was jogging in the park the afternoon of Sept. 24 when a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind, dragged her into a wooded area and attempted to rape her. The would-be rapist was scared off by two passersby who came to her aid, she claimed.
Detectives became suspicious after taking Heidi’s report, nearly two months after she claimed the incident occured. A lengthy investigation, which included canvassing the area for video and witnesses, yielded no clues or corroborating evidence to support Jones’ claim. In fact, cops couldn’t find any footage of a single Hispanic man in that area of the park on the day Heidi said she was attacked.
After being confronted with inconsistencies in her story, Jones spilled the beans on her the entire tale. It was all just one big elaborate lie, she told police. The meteorologist says she concocted the story to get sympathy after experiencing some “setbacks” in her personal life, The New York Post said Wednesday.
If convicted of filing the false rape complaint, Heidi Jones faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
WABC has suspended the scandal-scarred Weather Girl pending the outcome of an internal investigation.