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Dallas Cowboys paid $2.4 million to cheerleaders who accused executive of locker room voyeurism, ESPN reports

Richard Dalrymple, a former senior vice president for the NFL franchise, was accused of letting himself into a changing room to take images with his phone, according to ESPN.
Richard Dalrymple, then an executive for the Dallas Cowboys, after the Cowboys' game against the Miami Dolphins in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2019.
Richard Dalrymple, then an executive for the Dallas Cowboys, after the Cowboys' game against the Miami Dolphins in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2019. Michael Ainsworth / AP file

The Dallas Cowboys quietly paid $2.4 million to several cheerleaders who accused a former top team official of voyeurism, according to a published report.

The women accused Richard Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ former senior vice president for public relations and communications, of slipping into their dressing room at AT&T Stadium in 2015, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing documents it obtained and people with knowledge of the situation.

One of the accusing cheerleaders said she spotted Dalrymple behind a partial wall with his iPhone extended toward them as the women were changing clothes, ESPN reported, citing letters from attorneys for the cheerleaders to the team.

Dalrymple got into the dressing room using a back entrance and his security key card, ESPN reported the accusers said.

ESPN reported that the settlement was reached in May 2016 after the cheerleaders went to the team's human resources department before they hired attorneys.

A team source confirmed the details of the settlement to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Dalrymple made no mention of sexual misconduct allegations when he retired this month.

Cowboys spokesman Jim Wilkinson said in a statement to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth that the team understood the gravity of the allegations, calling it an "unfortunate incident."

"The organization took these allegations extremely seriously and moved immediately to thoroughly investigate this matter. The investigation was handled consistent with best legal and HR practices and the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing," he said.

Wilkinson added: "If any wrongdoing had been found Rich would have been terminated immediately. The cheerleaders are a vital part of the Dallas Cowboys family, and in terms of the settlement, the organization wanted to go above and beyond to ensure the cheerleaders knew that their allegations had been taken extremely seriously, and immediately and thoroughly investigated. Everyone involved felt just terrible about this unfortunate incident.” 

NBC News could not immediately reach lawyers for the cheerleaders or a representative for Dalrymple for comment Thursday.

In a statement to ESPN, Dalrymple denied the allegations.

"People who know me, co-workers, the media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about,” the statement said. “I understand the very serious nature of these claims and do not take them lightly. The accusations are, however, false."