Damn, talk about “Attention Whoring” gone wrong:
She’s blaming it all on her own personal high pressure system. Out-in-the-cold TV meteorologist Heidi Jones — accused of concocting an utter snow-job about a mysterious “Hispanic” pervert jumping her as she jogged in Central Park — admitted she made all up out of “stress” according to court documents.
The pressure of work, family and “personal issues” made her do it, her newly-released criminal complaint quotes Jones telling a detective at a Midtown precinct three weeks ago. The pretty weather gal put up a cold front as she clicked into Manhattan Criminal Court in high-heeled burgundy patent pumps and a trim black dress suit this morning — refusing to comment to reporters as she left her first appearance on two misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident. But she’d been quite chatty with cops in the last few weeks, according to the complaint.
“I did make this up,” the papers quote her saying. “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.”
That Dec. 13 confession happened at midnight — it is not known whether cops picked her up after work outside her WABC/Channel 7 studios — and followed several previous meets with cops, during which she described a September 24 attack in the park, and additional harassing contact with the same mystery attacker on November 21.
Jones, who remains suspended from her forecasting job at WABC/Channel 7, is presumed innocent, said her lawyer, Paul Callan. “There’s been a frenzy of press coverage in this case, unfairly characterizing and vilifiying her in many press reports,” the lawyer complained
He added, “Heidi is extremely grateful for the support that has been demonstrated to her over the past few weeks by her broadcast colleagues and by her many viewers.”
Jones, who also filled in on “Good Morning America,” has been suspended by the network and faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Law enforcement sources have told The Post that Jones, 37, told them she was jogging in the park on the afternoon of Sept. 24 when a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind, dragging her into a wooded area and trying to rape her.
Two passers-by frightened the man away and gave her assistance, she allegedly claimed. Jones only took her account to cops two months later, sources said. She explained then that she was spurred to action only after the same man somehow found her again and confronted her, saying, “I know you went to the police.”
Detectives embarked on a lengthy investigation, scouring surveillance video and canvassing for witnesses, sources said. Returning empty handed, they questioned Jones again, uncovering inconsistencies as she repeated her account.
It was when she was confronted with the discrepancies that Jones allegedly admitted to cops that she fabricated the story as a bid for sympathy, sources said.