Weather Anchor Heidi Jones Admits She Lied About Attack
The New York City meteorologist accused of lying to police about being assaulted has admitted she faked her story.
Heidi Jones, the 38-year-old WABC-TV weather anchor and occasional forecaster on "Good Morning America," pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor false-reporting charges, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
Jones went to police on Dec. 1, 2010, and told them that a Hispanic man attacked her while she was jogging.
"I was attacked in Central Park on Sept. 24, 2010, at approximately 1 p.m. and I was also attacked on Nov. 21, 2010, outside of my home at approximately 7:30 a.m.," Jones said, according to court documents.
But Jones' story had inconsistencies, and she later admitted making the whole thing up, police said.
"I did make this up. I made it up for attention," Jones told police on Dec. 13, 2010, according to the criminal complaint. "I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family. I know there is no justification for it."
Jones will serve three years' probation, attend psychiatric counseling and perform 350 hours of community service, prosecutors said.
Jones will be formally sentenced on Oct. 26.