A television weather girl was suspended today after police claimed she had falsely cried rape.
Heidi Jones, a meteorologist for WABC and Channel 7 who often fills in on ABC's Good Morning America, told police that she had been sexually assaulted in New York’s Central Park while out jogging in September.
But after police spotted discrepancies in the 37-year-old's story they confronted her - and she allegedly admitted that she had made up the attack.
She was charged on Monday with filing a false report, a Class A misdemeanour.
If convicted of lying, Miss Jones could face up to a year in jail, or be fined $1,000 (£640).
She is also facing losing her job from WABC, where she has worked since 2005.
She informed police on November 24 that she was jogging in the famous park on the afternoon of September 24 when a Hispanic man grabbed her from behind.
Note: false accusers in the US typically target Hispanic or black men because it makes their story - in their eyes - more believable. Otherwise known as racism.
After being confronted with the discrepancies, the New York Post’s source said Miss Jones admitted that she had made up the story.
Miss Jones allegedly said her relationship was not going well and that she concocted the tale in a plea for sympathy, the Daily News reported.
Above: Heidi Jones - WABC and Channel 7 weather girl, nation's sweetheart, running enthusiast, false rape accuser, racist.