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Hearing on allegations against Panthers' Marty Hurney off after ex-wife drops complaint

Michael Gordon, The Charlotte Observer on

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While the NFL continues to investigate a harassment complaint against Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney, the court hearing over the allegations filed by his ex-wife has been canceled.

Jeanne Hurney swore out a complaint against her ex-husband on Friday. But she told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that she had withdrawn it.

As a result, the Feb. 16 court hearing over her previous allegations against her ex-husband will not take place, according to new court documents.

Hurney's attorneys say Jeanne Hurney's allegations are not true. One of his lawyers described the complaint as "pure fiction."

District Court Judge Ronald Chapman, who heard Jeanne Hurney's complaint on Friday, declined to grant her a protective order, saying there was no evidence that Marty Hurney had committed any acts of domestic violence against her.

However, the NFL investigation into the matter will go on, a league source told the Observer on Wednesday.

The league is already investigating allegations of workplace misconduct by team owner Jerry Richardson that led Richardson to put the franchise up for sale last year.

Hurney, a former general manager of the Panthers now serving as interim GM of the team, interviewed for the full-time position last week -- shortly before Jeanne Hurney filed her complaint.

The two are embroiled in a new legal fight over additional alimony Jeanne Hurney believes she is due since her ex-husband rejoined the team last season.

Hurney was the Panthers' full-time general manager for a decade until his firing in 2012, while the couple was in the midst of a divorce. According to court documents, Hurney made around $1.4 million during his final years in the job.

In a court filing late last month, Marty Hurney asked a judge to throw out the new alimony request from his wife of 23 years. The Hurneys' marriage ended in 2014.

 

In her Friday harassment complaint, Jeanne Hurney accused her ex-husband and "his proxies" of breaking into her house and classroom, and also hacking into her phone, computer and security system.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police records show calls for service at Jeanne Hurney's address on Jan. 1 and Jan. 5 to investigate possible break-ins. Police closed the cases without making reports.

Police responded to service calls at her home on four occasions dating back to May 31, 2016. The calls involved reports ranging from breaking and entering, larceny of a vehicle and possible suspect at the location. No arrests were made and the cases were closed.

Jeanne Hurney's attorney, Jonathan Feit of Charlotte, downplayed his client's latest allegations on Thursday night.

"Ms. Hurney dismissed her complaint," he said in an email to the Observer. "There is nothing for a court to hear. There is nothing in the complaint that she filed that would have a remote impact on Mr. Hurney's ability to manage a football team.

"The Hurneys have trust issues. They are divorced. That doesn't seem newsworthy."

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