CBS3 has fired Alycia Lane, three weeks after the anchor was accused of assaulting an undercover New York policewoman in a middle-of-the-night street encounter.
Lane, who coanchored the 6 and 11 p.m. news with Larry Mendte, was last seen on the air Dec. 14, the night before her arrest. Lane, 35, is accused of felony assault, and has a hearing scheduled for April 3.
Her arrest seems to be the final straw in a four-year-plus career in Philadelphia marked by high ratings and high drama, including a widely publicized event last spring in which she e-mailed photos of herself wearing a bikini to sports reporter Rich Eisen. Those e-mails were intercepted by Eisen's wife.
"After assessing the overall impact of a series of incidents resulting from judgments she has made, we have concluded that it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories," said the station's general manager, Michael Colleran.
"We wish to make clear that we are not prejudging the outcome of the criminal case against Alycia that is pending in New York," he said in a statement. "We understand that Alycia expects to be fully vindicated in that proceeding. We hope that is the case and we wish her the best in all her future endeavors."