NFL cheerleaders paid $3.3 million for allegedly filming manager’s locker room

Four members of the Cowboys cheerleading squad were paid a confidential settlement of AU$3.3 million by the team, stemming from an alleged incident in 2015 at AT&T Stadium in which team executive Richard Dalrymple was accused of voyeurism, according to documents obtained by ESPN.

Dalrymple — the senior VP of public relations and communications who recently announced she is retiring — was accused by the cheerleader of “standing behind a partial wall in her locker room with her iPhone extended” while they were changing, an ESPN report detailed Wednesday.

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The women received AU$555,000 each after the alleged incident.

Dalrymple, who was also accused of taking an “upskirt” photo of Jerry Jones’ daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson, during the 2015 NFL Draft, denied the allegations in a statement.

“People who know me, co-workers, media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about,” Dalrymple said.

“I understand the very serious nature of these claims and do not take them lightly. The allegations, however, are false. One was accidental and the other simply did not happen. All of the allegations were thoroughly investigated several years ago, and I cooperate fully.

Both alleged incidents were thoroughly investigated, said a Cowboys representative, per ESPN, and Jim Wilkinson, communications consultant for the team, said “the investigation was handled consistent with best legal and HR practices and the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing.”

Wilkinson added: “If any wrongdoing is found, Rich will be removed immediately.”

ESPN obtained a signed copy of the May 2016 settlement agreement, which “included a nondisclosure agreement in which the four women, three spouses and Cowboys officials agreed not to speak publicly about their allegations.”

In the alleged incident, the former cheerleader told ESPN: “It’s very … close the book, don’t talk about it, this person will remain in his position … They just disappear.”

Regarding the “upskirt” allegations, longtime Cowboys fan Randy Horton claimed he saw Dalrymple appear to take a photo of Charlotte in the team’s “war room” during the 2015 NFL Draft.

“The first time he reached out from the sitting position behind him, and he was standing and he turned to him, and did it once … He looked at the screen, touched the screen and then did it again. The second time, he sat on a chair in the corner of the table in left and he’s holding his phone under the corner of the table with the camera side facing where he’s standing. And doing it again,” Horton told the publication.

The team was made aware of the allegations in May 2015, per the report, with a source saying HR had seen the footage and “found no wrongdoing by Dalrymple”.

Dalrymple said in a statement that the allegations had “nothing to do with my retirement,” and that he “only contacted me about this story after I retired.”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission

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