Entries in Affair (14)


University of Texas Coach's Affair Exposed to Block Her Raise, Lawyer Suggests

Kirby Lee/WireImage(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The attorney representing a University of Texas track coach who abruptly quit over a 2003 affair with an adult student suggested Monday that the former lover was prompted to come forward to prevent the coach from receiving a raise and extended contract.

Bev Kearney, who has worked with the women's track and field team at the University of Texas at Austin since 1993, told ABC News Monday that she was "shocked" when the affair with the female student was revealed.

She was placed on leave in November, but she abruptly quit on Saturday after admitting she had a consensual affair with an adult who was a student-athlete between 2002 and 2003.

"Right now I'm in complete survival mode," Kearney, 55, told ABC News. She said that she has no immediate plans for her career.

Derek A. Howard, Kearney's attorney, said that he believes the timing of the disclosure by the now-30-year-old former lover is suspicious. The former student has not been identified.

"Bev had been offered a substantial $150,000 per year raise, to a five-year contract," Howard said. "That was in the works, and I think it's fair to say that this woman was put up to it by some other person, for the reason that the individual who put her up to it was resentful that Bev was being offered this."

"We can't say what evidence there is of that. But we can say it seems remarkable, let's say coincidental, the exact timing this report came out of the blue [was] when the athletic council was recommending that Bev be promoted, and offered a raise," he said.

Kearney's tenure at the university began in 1993. In the past 20 years, the Lady Longhorns have won six NCAA track championships.

University spokesman Nick Voinis did not directly address Howard's suggestion, but repeated the school's statement that as head coach, Kearney was "responsible for assuring the best interests of the student-athletes that he or she coaches," and that it "is unprofessional and unacceptable for a head coach to carry on an intimate relationship with a student-athlete that he or she is coaching."

"The university told Coach Kearney and Mr. Howard that we were prepared to begin the termination process. She chose to resign instead," Voinis said in a statement.

Over the weekend, Patti Ohlendorf, UT's vice president for legal affairs, said in a statement that it had begun to review this relationship in late October after the former student-athlete reported her prior relationship with Kearney.

The university said that it is believed that Kearney did not have other similar relationships with student-athletes while coaching at the school.

"Coach Kearney is a good person and has been very important to the university. However, she made this terrible mistake and used unacceptably poor judgment in having this relationship," Ohlendorf said.

Howard points out that the University of Texas does not have a rule that prohibits relationships between students and professors or coaches, but that the school states that the relationship must be reported.

"The rule she was fired for was not having the relationship, but failing to report. Ten years ago when this relationship started, that rule was brand new," he said. "We think there will be evidence that men who do this are not treated the same as this woman has been treated. That's gender and racial bias if white males engaged in same behavior." Kearney is black.

Voinis told ABC News, "The policy Mr. Howard mentioned to you is not the controlling factor in this case."

UT's student handbook indicated that -- if a policy applies to all faculty, staff and students of the university -- the teacher, supervisor or adviser has the obligation to disclose its existence to an immediate supervisor.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Petraeus Affair: 'There's No Dark Plot Here,' Jill Kelley's Friend Says

Tampa Bay Magazine(NEW YORK) -- A man who says he's a "very close friend" of Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus, told ABC News that Kelley's portrayal in the media is inaccurate, as are any insinuations that she hoped to profit financially from her close connection to America's spymaster.

Don Phillips, a Tampa, Fla., real estate developer, said in an interview that Kelley is "the best kind of friend" anyone would like to have, including America's top military officials.

"Take everything you know and turn it around 180 degrees," said Phillips, who has known Kelley and her husband for five years.  "The reason these people [the Kelleys and military officials] are close is not because there [was] any untoward thing or any unseemly thing but quite to the contrary.  It's because they are trustworthy people and they've kept their mouths closed.  They don't go out to sensationalize these issues.  They don't talk about getting involved in scandal."

"I don't think Jill Kelley, in any way, has tried to profit from this relationship," he said of Kelley's friendship with Petraeus.  "There's no dark plot here.  There is no conspiracy.  There is no grand crime."

Phillips took issue with allegations made by New York businessman Adam Victor concerning a proposed multi-billion dollar business deal with South Korea in which Kelley was allegedly involved.

Adam Victor told ABC News on Friday that Kelley had claimed it was Petraeus who arranged for her to be named honorary consul to South Korea and, as a result, she could use her connections with high-level Korean officials to help him land a large coal gasification deal in the Asian country.  Victor also alleged that Kelley demanded a 2 percent commission on the deal, a fee of about $80 million.

"It became clear that it did not smell right," Victor said.  Victor said he got the feeling Kelley was inexperienced and unqualified to help him with the deal so he "terminated the relationship."

Phillips, who introduced Victor to Kelley, confirmed that the two had discussed the Korea deal, but said Kelley was the one who ended the business relationship after Victor "propositioned" her.

"Not only did I introduce him to her but other people in the community who all had a very negative report that came back to me and I felt terrible about introducing him to them," Phillips said.  "Jill, immediately upon meeting him, said she felt very uncomfortable, that he propositioned her almost immediately... I said, 'Jill, please, with this station, with this honor that you have forwarding the economic interest of this country, you have to look beyond that.'  And she goes, 'I don't want to deal with this guy.'  And I said, 'Please, for my sake, just bear through.  We all deal with a bunch of unsavory characters from time to time.'"

Phillips acknowledged that Kelley traveled to New York to meet with Victor, as Victor had claimed, but said Kelley determined the business relationship was "just not going anywhere."  Phillips said that Victor was correct in saying Kelley had no "trans-financial capability," but that was just because she never wanted it.

"It's because she is not interested in it.  She's extremely content.  She has a great husband who does a great job earning for them and they have a pretty good life.  That's not what motivates Jill," he said.

Victor denied that he ever propositioned Kelley and told ABC News Phillips was "rewriting history and not telling the truth."

Retired Army Col. Steve Boylan, a friend and former spokesperson for ex-CIA Director Petraeus, told ABC News last week it was "nonsense" that Petraeus had any part in Kelley's alleged Korean deal.

Kelley stumbled into the international spotlight earlier this month when she was identified as the woman who sparked an FBI investigation that eventually led to Petraeus' recent resignation.  Over the summer Kelley had told an FBI friend about harassing emails she had received from an anonymous sender.  In the course of the FBI investigation that found Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserves intelligence officer and biographer of Petraeus, was sending the messages, the bureau also uncovered evidence that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

The FBI informed the White House of the affair a day after President Obama was reelected and a few days later, Petraeus resigned.

Phillips said he believes Kelley's relationship with Petraeus was probably similar to his own with her -- like brother and sister.

"I have a great and close relationship with her, but not for a moment has my wife ever questioned our relationship.  [Jill] doesn't leave that impression.  She doesn't give you that sense that there is any hanky-panky or foul play going on.  She projects an air of a confident and friendly relationship," he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Paula Broadwell Regrets Damage of Affair with Petraeus, Friend Says

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A family friend of Paula Broadwell, the author who carried on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, tells ABC News that Broadwell "deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family" from the dalliance.

The person close to Broadwell also told ABC News Sunday night that Broadwell is devastated by the fallout, which led to Petraeus' resignation from the CIA.  The friend spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Broadwell, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons, drove back to their home in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, according to the friend.  The family was greeted by more than 25 supportive friends and neighbors upon their arrival.

Broadwell didn't react to reporters gathered outside the home, but her husband said "no comment at this time" and a possible statement would be coming soon, according to ABC News affiliate WSOC.

The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus, All In, spent more than a week at her brother's Washington, D.C., home after news broke of the affair.  The friend says Broadwell is now trying to "focus on her family."

Broadwell faces a critical decision from prosecutors who must decide whether to charge her with mishandling classified information for allegedly taking secret files from secure government buildings.  That's a potential violation of federal law, but authorities may allow the military to discipline her.

The case is complicated by the fact that, as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Military Reserve, Broadwell had security clearance to review the documents.

"The whole thought or idea that you have classified information on your personal computer at home, I'm sure violates some Army regulations if nothing else," said former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

Petraeus hired a top Washington D.C. lawyer over the weekend to help him navigate the fallout from the career-ending affair.  The lawyer, Robert Barnett, of Williams & Connolly, is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from President Barack Obama to one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


CIA Investigating David Petraeus

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The CIA has confirmed that the agency’s inspector general is investigating Gen. David Petraeus’ conduct in the wake of his admitted affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.  Petraeus resigned last week as CIA chief.

A CIA spokesman issued a statement saying, “At the CIA we are constantly reviewing our performance.  If there are lessons to be learned from this case we'll use them to improve.  But we're not getting ahead of ourselves; an investigation is exploratory and doesn’t presuppose any particular outcome.”

The FBI has been conducting its own investigation into Petraeus’ extramarital affair.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Petraeus' Alleged Mistress Suspected of Storing Classified Docs

ISAF via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paula Broadwell, the author who allegedly had an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, is suspected of storing significant amounts of military documents -- including classified material -- at her home, potentially in violation of federal law.

A source familiar with the case told ABC News that Broadwell admitted to the FBI that she took the documents from secure government buildings.  The government demanded that they all be given back, and when federal agents descended on her North Carolina home Monday night, it was a pre-arranged meeting.

Prosecutors are now determining whether to charge Broadwell with a crime.  The FBI and military will be pouring over the material Wednesday morning.  

The 40-year-old author, who wrote the biography on Gen. Petraeus, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, is cooperating.  The case is complicated by the fact that as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Military Reserve, she had security clearance to review the documents.

The FBI found classified material on a computer voluntarily handed over by Broadwell earlier in the investigation.  Prosecutors will now have to determine how important the classified material is before making a final decision.  Authorities could decide to seek disciplinary action against her rather than pursue charges.

Senior FBI officials are expected to brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees Wednesday on their handling of the Petraeus investigation.  The officials are expected to lay out how the case was developed and argue that there were no politics involved.

The case is so critical that FBI Director Robert Mueller may attend the briefing to defend the bureau, ABC News has learned.  Members of Congress have been angry that they were not informed about the case before the story was reported by the media, but FBI officials maintain that their guidelines forbid them from discussing ongoing criminal cases.

This summer, Florida socialite and "honorary ambassador" to the military Jill Kelley received anonymous emails accusing her of flaunting a friendly relationship with military brass in Tampa, Fla.  Kelley then called the FBI, which traced those emails back to Broadwell's computer.  Investigators are said to have then found emails in Broadwell's inbox that pointed to an intimate affair with Petraeus, who on Friday admitted to the affair and announced his resignation as CIA director.

The FBI has now uncovered "potentially inappropriate" emails between Gen. John Allen, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, and Kelley, according to a senior U.S. defense official who is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  The department is reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter, the official said.  The email exchanges between Kelley and Allen took place from 2010 to 2012.

The U.S. official said the emails were "innocuous" and mostly about upcoming dinner parties and seeing him on TV.  

Allen denies he was involved in an affair, a Pentagon official said.  An intermediary for Allen told ABC News that Allen and his wife are friends with Kelley and her husband and most of the emails were sent from Kelley to Allen's wife.

A U.S. official said Allen may have triggered the investigation when he got an anonymous email a few months ago that was traced to Broadwell.  The email had a "Kelley Patrol" return address or subject line and painted Kelley as a seductress, which Allen found alarming and mentioned to Kelley in a subsequent email, the official said.

Panetta cautioned that "no one should leap to any conclusions" about allegations against Allen over the investigation.  The defense secretary said he supports Allen, who has been in command in Kabul since July 2011.  He took over that summer for Petraeus, who retired from the Army to take over as the head of the CIA.

"He certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight," Panetta said at a news conference in Perth, Australia, Wednesday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared with Panetta, declined to comment on the Allen case, but insured the scandal has not harmed the war effort.

"There has been a lot of conversation, as you might expect, but no concern whatsoever being expressed to us because the mission has been set forth and it's being carried out," Clinton said.

Allen had been nominated as the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe, and despite President Obama's backing, the nomination has been put on hold.  The change of command at NATO is currently slated to not take place until March at the earliest.

Allen was supposed to appear before a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday alongside his designated replacement, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.  Panetta said that while the matter is being investigated by the Defense Department inspector general, Allen will remain in his post as commander of the International Security Assistance Force, based in Kabul.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Petraeus’ Affair Happened During CIA Tenure, Friend Says

DoD photo by Cherie Cullen/Released(WASHINGTON) -- Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, one of David Petreaus' friends and fellow servicemen, said the former general told him that his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell did not begin until after he became CIA director.

“The time to come fully clean is now -- he understands that and so I believe him,” Nagl told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “He covered up his affair for some months; less than a year was the full course of this affair."

“Living conditions in Afghanistan are very close, sparse,” he continued. "It is perhaps conceivable, though it would have been very difficult to conduct an affair under those circumstances in that environment.”

Although Nagl said he knew Broadwell, he never saw her and Petreaus together because his trips to Afghanistan didn’t overlap with hers. However, Nagl said friends who were with the two of them in Afghanistan told him they were “worried” and “concerned” about Broadwell’s “extraordinary access.”

“She was a little too close, a little too friendly, she spoke too openly, in my eyes about her access, and she became a little bit too much of his voice,” Nagl said. "All of us that worked with him admire him, and I think that’s pretty universal. But none of us, other than Paula, would presume to speak for him that way.”

A veteran of the Iraq War, Nagl said he has known Petraeus for 25 years. Not only was the former general Nagl’s history professor at West Point, the two also co-authored the book, “The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual,” together. He was devastated by the news of his mentor’s affair.

“I’m really upset and hurt,” he said. "This is tarnishing the legacy of one of great American heroes of the last decade.”

Nagl said he had not spoken to Petraeus in person, but that the former CIA director apologized to him over email.

“He said that he felt that he had let the team down,” Nagl said. "He obviously wanted to make it and pull his family together and try to recover from this, but felt an enormous sense of guilt and regret.”

Despite Petreaus’ indiscretions, Nagl still supports him, but said he had doubts that the man he still admires will be able to fully come back from the scandal.

“I hope that we haven’t seen the end of him in government service, but I’m afraid that may be true,” he said. "What I do think -- that we’ll continue to see him contribute to the United States one way or another.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Could David Petraeus Face Military Prosecution for Affair?

Department of Defense photo by Cherie Cullen/Released(WASHINGTON) -- Retired Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director last week after admitting an extramarital relationship, could possibly face military prosecution for adultery if officials turn up any evidence to counter his apparent claims that the affair began after he left the military.

The affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the Army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, a former Petraeus spokesman, told ABC News.

Broadwell, 40, had extraordinary access to the 60-year-old general during six trips she took to Afghanistan as his official biographer, a plum assignment for a novice writer.

"For him to allow the very first biography to be written about him, to be written by someone who had never written a book before, seemed very odd to me," former Petraeus aide Peter Mansoor told ABC News.

The timeline of the relationship, according to Petraeus, would mean that he was carrying on the affair for the majority of his tenure at the CIA, where he began as director on Sept. 6, 2011.  If he carried on the affair while serving in the Army, however, Petraeus could face charges, according to Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which reprimands conduct "of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces."

Whether the military would pursue such action, whatever evidence it accumulates, is unclear.

As the details of the investigation launched by the FBI unraveled this weekend, it became clear that the woman at the heart of the inquiry that led to Petraeus' downfall had been identified as Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who volunteers to help the military.  She is a family friend of Petraeus, who Broadwell apparently felt threatened by.

Kelley and her husband are longtime supporters of the military, and six months ago she was named "Honorary Ambassador to Central Command" for her volunteer work with the military.  Officials say Kelley is not romantically linked to Petraeus, but befriended the general and his wife when he was stationed in Florida.  The Kelleys spent Christmases in group settings with the Petraeuses and visited them in Washington D.C., where Kelley's sister and her son live.

"We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years," Kelley said in a statement Sunday.  "We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."

Earlier this year, around the time that Petraeus and Broadwell were breaking off their affair, Kelly began receiving anonymous emails, which she found so threatening she went to authorities.  The FBI traced the messages to Broadwell's computer, where they found other salacious and explicit emails between Broadwell and Petraeus that made it clear to officials that the two were carrying on an affair.

Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Petraeus Affair: Woman Who Received Harassing Emails Identified

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Florida woman who received harassing emails from Paula Broadwell, spurring an FBI probe that ultimately uncovered Gen. David Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer and led to his resignation as director of the CIA, has been identified as Jill Kelley, a local concerned citizen who volunteers to help the military.

"We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years.  We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children," Kelley said in a statement.

A close friend of Petraeus said Kelley and her husband, who are both civilians but supporters of the military community, befriended the Petraeus' when the general was stationed in Florida.

The Kelleys spent Christmases in group settings with the Petraeus' and visited them in Washington D.C., where Kelley's sister and her son live.

"It is very clear there was nothing going on other than friendship" between Kelley and Petraeus, the close friend told ABC News.

The saga, which would ultimately end the public service career of one of the most respected military minds of this generation, began when harassing emails were sent to Kelley, who in turn, notified the FBI.

The emails were traced to Broadwell's inbox, where investigators are said to have found intimate emails that indicated Petraeus was having an extramarital affair with his biographer.

Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

The affair between Gen. Petraeus and Broadwell, both of whom are married, began several months after his retirement from the army in August 2011 and ended four months ago, retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan, who is a former Petraeus spokesperson, told ABC News.

"He hugely regrets what happened," Boylan said.  "He pretty much threw away the best job he ever had and put his family through something just too hard to describe."

Petraeus is said to have been the one to have broken off the extramarital affair.

The 60-year-old's storied career, first as the public face of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later as director of the CIA, came crashing down on Friday when he announced his resignation from the intelligence agency, citing the indiscretion.

"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.  Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours," Petraeus said in a statement on Friday.

Petraeus and his wife Holly, who have been married for more than 37 years, are said to be staying in their Arlington, Va., home and are doing "OK."

"Knowing the family, I suspect it will be hard work, but given the effort they will get through it," Boylan said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tennis Ref's Daughter Calls Affair Accusations 'Completely Made Up'

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The family of Lois Goodman, the U.S. Open tennis referee charged with killing her husband with a coffee cup, has denied that she was having an affair at the time of his death, calling the accusation "completely made up."

After Goodman passed a polygraph test organized by her attorneys and administered by retired FBI agent Jack Trimarco, her daughter told ABC News that accusations made by investigators that Goldman was having an affair are false.

"There was no affair.  It was completely made up," her daughter, Allison Goodman Rogers, said.

Goodman's attorney, Alison Triessl, told ABC News that she was not asked about an affair during the polygraph because it was a "non-essential" question.

"The question was whether or not she murdered her husband, and the answer was no," Triessl said.

Goodman, 70, was arrested in New York City days before the U.S. Open in August, still wearing her referee uniform.  The lawyers and family of the grandmother and esteemed line judge, who has overseen matches between some of the most famous tennis players in the world, have since launched an aggressive legal and public relations campaign to clear her name.

Goodman called police on April 17 and told officers she arrived home and found her husband, Alan Frederick Goodman, 80, dead at the bottom of the stairs, said Lt. David Storaker, the chief of detectives at the LAPD's Topanga station.

"She surmised that he must have had a heart attack and fallen down the stairs," Storaker told ABC News earlier this year.

Officers concluded that there was no sign of forced entry, and Goodman's statements seemed suspicious, so they investigated further, Storaker said.

The Los Angeles Country Coroner ruled on Aug. 2 that the man's death was a homicide.  The cause of death was multiple injuries to the head, Storaker said.  He was killed with a coffee cup, according to the arrest warrant.

Goodman is now out on bail, confined to her home.  Her daughter says that she is still in shock.

"They've been depicting my mom as this cold-blooded person, and it couldn't be further from the truth," she said.  "She has a huge heart, and everything that's been in the press has been very negative.  It's not her."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleader and Former Teacher Charged for Alleged Affair with Student

ABC News(EDGEWOOD, Ky.) -- Kentucky police are calling a personal foul against a high school teacher who moonlighted as a Cincinnati Ben-Gal. Her offense: having sex with an underage student.

Sarah Jones, 26, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited acts. Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in November at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky.

"We were made aware of allegations of inappropriate relations between a teacher and an underage student at the school," said Edgewood Police Chief Anthony Kramer. "We have been conducting an investigation since that time."

Jones, a former freshman English teacher at the high school and current cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, stepped down from her position at the school in November after the investigation began, citing "personal reasons."

The grand jury also handed down a federal charge against Jones' mother, Cheryl Jones, for allegedly tampering with physical evidence in her daughter's case. Both Jones and her mother refused to comment, but Tim Jones, Cheryl's husband and Sarah's father, said the family was shocked by the charges against his wife.

"This just happened yesterday, so there has been no time for us to prepare," Tim Jones said. "We don't even know what [Cheryl's] charges consist of, so it's impossible for us to comment." Tim Jones said the family had no comment on the charges his daughter is facing.

Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, superintendent for the Kenton County School District, said Cheryl Jones, principal at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, Ky., was placed on administrative leave after Thursday's indictment. She said the central office is cooperating with police, but are not conducting a separate, internal investigation.

"We were notified in November about the allegation against Miss Jones, but were surprised by the charge against her mother," Cox-Cruey said. "As teachers, there is a certain code of ethics, and it is very uncommon for teachers to break that standard. We will have to wait to see how the details of the investigation unfold before I can comment on what her position will be with the school."

But this isn't Sarah Jones's first appearance in a Kentucky courtroom. In 2010, Jones sued for defamation of character after a photo of her and former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham appeared on the gossip website, along with comments that Jones had a sexually transmitted disease and had had sex in her classroom. Jones said she emailed the site multiple times, pleading with them to take down the photo.

"To stand in front of 30 15-year-olds and tell them you don't have STDs and that you are not a slut is the hardest thing you will ever have to do," she told ABC News' Chris Cuomo in a 20/20 interview.

A federal judge in Kentucky awarded Jones an $11 million default judgment for defamation in the case, but litigation is scheduled to continue June 4 in Covington, Ky.

An arraignment for both Sarah and Cheryl Jones is scheduled for Monday. If convicted, the women could spend at least five years in prison for each charge.

A representative from the Bengals organization could not be reached for comment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio