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NY meteorologist made up attack for attention

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A New York TV meteorologist admitted to police that she made up claims of being attacked because she wanted to get attention, according to a court document released Wednesday.Heidi Jones remained silent as she appeared briefly in a Manhattan court to answer misdemeanor charges of false reporting.

Jones, who has been suspended from her job at New York's local ABC station, told police in December that she had been attacked in Central Park in September and then again outside her apartment in November.

According to police, Jones told them that the same man targeted her in both attacks. She even provided a detailed description including the alleged attacker's race, height and clothing.

Detectives said Jones never told police she was the victim of a rape. However, police did not elaborate on what she did say to investigators.

Ultimately, when a detective spoke to Jones again around midnight on Dec. 13, she admitted she'd fabricated the assaults, the court complaint said.

"I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family," she said, according to the document.

Released without bail, Jones is due back in court March 16. The misdemeanor charges against her carry the possibility of a year in jail if she's convicted.

Jones, 37, has been with the station for about five years and has anchored its weekend evening weather coverage. She also has filled in on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.