The Dallas Cowboys paid a confidential settlement of $2.4 million to members of their cheerleading squad after an alleged voyeurism incident in 2015 that involved a top team executive in their locker room, ESPN reports.
The suit followed allegations against longtime senior vice president for public relations and commutations Rich Dalrymple, who allegedly stood behind a partial wall in their locker room with his iPhone extended toward them while they were changing their clothes:
Dalrymple was also accused of taking “upskirt” photos of Cowboys executive Vice President/chief brand officer Charlotte Jones, the daughter of the team owner Jerry Jones, during the 2015 NFL Draft. A fan signed an affidavit that he saw the alleged incident while watching a livestream of the team’s war room, ESPN reported.
Dalrymple retired this month after 32 years with the organization. He told ESPN that allegations “had nothing to do with my retirement from a long and fulfilling career, and I was only contacted about this story after I was retired.”
Dalrymple denied accusations that he took photos or video in either incident, saying his presence in the cheerleaders’ locker room was “accidental.”
“People who know me, co-workers, the media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about,” Dalrymple said in a statement 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.”
Each of the women received $399,523.27 after the lawsuit was settled.