NEW YORK – A meteorologist on ABC's local New York station accused of false reporting says she never told police she was the victim of a rape or an attempted rape.
Heidi Jones was ordered to appear in county court on a false reporting charge after police said she made up claims she was sexually assaulted in Central Park and later harassed by the same man. Police say she admitted fabricating the claims after they investigated.
A lawyer for Jones said Friday the meteorologist never said she was the victim of an attempted rape. The attorney did not clarify what Jones says she told police.
The lawyer says the characterization of the case as a "false rape claim" is an attempted character assassination. Jones has been suspended from the station pending an internal investigation.