Los Angeles morning-news anchor Alycia Lane just can't stay out of the headlines. First she gets busted sending pictures of herself in a bikini to NFL network host Rich Eisen at an e-mail account he shared with his wife (not smooth!). Then, she gets arrested for allegedly punching a female cop in the face while in a drunken rage and yelling, "I am a reporter, you f—king dyke bitch!" (even less smooth!). And now she's having her dirty laundry aired in a contentious lawsuit between herself and another former colleague, Larry Mendte. Mendte, Lane's former co-anchor at the local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, says the two had a sultry — but PG-13 — affair seven years ago. This in part explains why, he says, he went on to hack into her e-mail and share personal exchanges between her and Eisen with gossip columns (a crime to which he pleaded guilty and over which he got fired).
In a deposition, Mendte explains the details of their affair. From the Post:
Mendte said, the first time they kissed was in her apartment in 2004 after he had driven her home. Lane went into her room and came out with her top off but bra still on, and the pair began making out, Mendte testified. Another time, in the car, Mendte said, "Alycia unhooked her seat belt and — actually, while I was driving, straddled me and started kissing me, and we — I pulled off to the side of the road and that continued for a while. There was some fondling." During newscasts, Mendte said in his deposition, she would instant message him the numbers "1-4-3," code for "I love you."
So, basically, he claims they were having an affair, and also that they were in the tenth grade. (Lane denies any affair and calls Mendte "a sociopathic narcissist.") The irony here is that the lawsuit in which all of these humiliatingly childish details surfaced is one that Lane is filing against Mendte — for damaging her reputation.