Former WABC-TV weather muse Heidi Jones could wriggle out from under allegedly damning statements made to cops on charges she falsely claimed she was attacked by a mystery “Hispanic” man in Central Park, her lawyer said Wednesday.
The lawyer – who has challenged the legality of statements Jones gave cops after a massive manhunt came up empty last fall – said prosecutors confirmed she was never told of her right to remain silent or call a lawyer.
“The District Attorney has now confirmed no Miranda warnings were ever given to Heidi Jones,” her defense lawyer, Paul Callan said.
He said Jones was grilled by two city detectives for hours after midnight in a police interrogation room – and had no idea she had the right to walk away and not answer questions about the alleged snow job.
While the meteorologist, who has filled in on “Good Morning America,” remained tight lipped as she left the court house in the rain, she gabbed to cops last fall.
“I did make this up. I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family. I know there is no justification for it,” she allegedly told detectives.
Jones claimed she was attacked in Manhattan’s biggest park Sept. 24 while jogging and approached by the same man outside her home Nov. 21.
Callan said the confirmation from prosecutors came in legal papers filed during Jones’ appearance in front of Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin Wednesday morning. Prosecutors did not immediately respond to a request to see the documents.
The judge ordered hearings on whether Jones’ rights were violated.