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Report: Cowboys pay $2.4 million settlement after cheerleaders allege misconduct by team executive

The Washington Commanders are not the one NFC East team underneath hearth for misconduct allegations from their cheerleaders.

According to a report by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., the Dallas Cowboys paid $2.4 million out in confidential settlements to 4 team cheerleaders after they accused a then-senior executive of voyeurism in 2015. 

Richard Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ former senior vice chairman for public relations and communications, was accused by the cheerleaders of recording them whereas they undressed within the locker room. The ladies allege that they noticed Dalrymple making an attempt to take an iPhone video of them whereas hiding behind a wall within the locker room, in accordance with ESPN. 

The team paid out just below $400,000 to all 4 cheerleaders, with the remainder going to their authorized groups, in a May 2016 settlement. ESPN additionally reported a separate allegation in opposition to Dalrymple from 2015, when a fan mentioned they noticed him taking lewd photographs of Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of team proprietor Jerry Jones, from beneath the desk in the course of the NFL draft. 

Dalrymple, who labored for the group for 32 years and retired earlier this month, denied each allegations. 

“People who know me, co-workers, the media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about,” Dalrymple mentioned in an announcement to ESPN. “I understand the very serious nature of these claims and do not take them lightly. The accusations are, however, false. One was accidental and the other simply did not happen. Everything that was alleged was thoroughly investigated years ago, and I cooperated fully.”

“If any wrongdoing had been found, Rich would have been terminated immediately,” Jim Wilkinson, a communications marketing consultant employed by the Cowboys, instructed ESPN. “Everyone involved felt just terrible about this unfortunate incident.”

The settlement, ESPN reported, consists of nondisclosures for all 4 ladies, their spouses and Cowboys officers. None of the 4 ladies are at the moment employed by the team. 

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