Thursday, June 05, 2008
As if allegedly hitting a female Cop and emailing Rich Eisen bikini-clad photos of yourself wasn't odd enough, apparently the FBI is now involved in this whole Alycia Lane mess. Her former co-anchor Larry Mendte has been fired by CBS after it was learned that he possibly hacked into Lane's email account and fowarded gossip about her.
WAS dethroned Philadelphia newsgal Alycia Lane the target of a diabolical plot by her former co-anchor to destroy her career?That is just downright creepy. The question I have though is how did Mendte get the gossip to Page Six? If he was just forwarding emails from her account that would be pretty hilarious. I'm sure he set up a fake email addy and just cut and pasted stuff but either way it's still crazy. This thing just won't go away.
That bizarre scenario seems possible, say pals of the dark-haired beauty. It's popped up now that Emmy-winner Larry Mendte of CBS affiliate KYW-TV has been booted off the air because of an FBI probe. Last month, the feds seized Mendte's computer to determine if he was the person who hacked into Lane's private e-mail hundreds of times, then anonymously dished gossip to Page Six and Philadelphia media via an untraceable e-mail account, sources told us.
"Larry has been jealous of Alycia's success since she brought the ratings from third place to first. She got all the credit and his ego couldn't handle it," a TV insider said. "Larry worked hard to take Alycia down . . . Now he'll get what he deserves. Sure, this is a competitive industry filled with big egos, but [this] is downright creepy."
Update: The story was originally reported by Philly.com and they have much more information....
Mendte target of FBI probe into snooping of Lane e-mail (Philly.com)
Dark Theory Of Alycia Email (NY Post)