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The NFL will not open an investigation into the events surrounding the Dallas Cowboys’ $ 2.4 million confidential settlement with four members of their cheerleading team, who accused a now former team leader of voyeurism in their locker room in 2015, a league spokesman told ESPN on . Friday.
The cheerleaders ‘allegations, along with a further allegation of voyeurism against Richard Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ longtime senior vice president of public relations and communications, are considered a club affair, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
“The club handled the case,” McCarthy said.
The allegations about Dalrymple were first reported by ESPN on Wednesday. According to documents obtained by ESPN and people familiar with the situation, cheerleaders accused Dalrymple of using his security key card to enter through the back door of their locked locker room during an event at AT&T Stadium in September. 2, 2015. One of the women claimed that she clearly saw Dalrymple standing behind a partial wall with her iPhone stretched out towards them while changing clothes, according to several people with knowledge of the events and letters sent by lawyers to the cheerleaders for teams.
In the second allegation, a Cowboys fan who watched a livestream from the team’s war room during the 2015 NFL draft swore in a statement that he saw Dalrymple take “upskirt” photos of Charlotte Jones Anderson, a team senior vice president and daughter of owner Jerry Jones. The alleged incident was raised by the cheerleaders’ lawyers during conciliation negotiations and quoted in the final document, which includes a confidentiality agreement that prevents the cheerleaders, their spouses and Cowboy officials from discussing both episodes.
Dalrymple, who retired Feb. 2, did not respond to ESPN interview requests. He told team officials he went into the cheerleaders’ locker room to use the bathroom – not knowing the women were there – and left immediately, a team source said. On Monday night, Dalrymple issued a statement calling both allegations false.
A Cowboys representative this week said the team thoroughly investigated both allegations and found no misdemeanors from Dalrymple and no evidence that he took photos or video of the women. The team does not deny that Dalrymple used the access to his security key to enter the cheerleaders’ locker room while the women changed clothes. The Cowboys also issued a formal written warning to Dalrymple in October 2015, to a person familiar with the matter, ESPN reported. The team declined to share a copy of this warning or detailed other information, including time-stamped data from surveillance cameras or security key cards that would show exactly when Dalrymple came in and left the locker room.
For the NFL, the news of the Cowboys accusations comes as members of Congress question the transparency of the league’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace against the Washington Commanders. Critics have questioned why the league did not release a report from the outside lawyer hired to investigate the commanders. Documents released by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform showed that the league may not be able to release the survey results without permission from Commander owner Daniel Snyder.
In his news before the Super Bowl, Commissioner Roger Goodell told conference reporters that the league will check a new investigation into allegations of sexual harassment around the Commanders. Former marketer Tiffani Johnston told the committee this month about the team’s “toxic workplace” and accused Snyder of sexual misconduct.