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Monday, December 17, 2007

CBS3 News Anchorwoman Arrested for Punching NYC Cop

Alycia Lane, emmy-winning anchorwoman for CBS3 has been arrested for assault on a plainclothes female police officer in Manhattan at approximately 2 am Sunday morning, allegedly she punched the officer in the face.
According to the police complaint, PDF file found here, Police Officer Richard Lawrence, of the 010 precinct states that on December 16, 2007, about 02:00 (2:00am), at 9th avenue and West 17th street, in the County and State of New York, the Defendant committed the offenses of 1. PL120.05(3) One count of assault in the second degree, the defendant, with intent to prevent a peace officer from performing a lawful duty, caused physical injury to such officer.

The offenses was committed under the following circumstances:

Deponent states that deponent was approaching an intoxicated male and directing said male to a taxi when defendant placed a camera against deponent's face. Deponent observed (name blanked out) of the 10th precinct, grab defendant's arm (holding the camera) in an attempt to move it away from deponent's face. Deponent states that the defendant said in substance to PO (name blanked out) I DON'T GIVE A (expletive) WHO YOU ARE, I AM A REPORTER YOU (expletive) DYKE. Deponent further states that deponent observed defendant strike (name blanked out) about the face. Deponent states that defendant's strike caused PO (name blanked out) to sustain two lacerations to PO (name blanked out) face and caused swelling.

This news was first reported by by Daily News reporter Regina Medina on

The officer was treated and released from a hospital for a facial cut while Lane pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of assaulting a police officer

Lane was released on her own recognizance by 5 p.m. yesterday. No bail was set. A hearing was scheduled for April 3.

Lanes lawyer, Manhattan based David Smith defended his client:

"Miss Lane never hit or ever said any derogatory comments to anyone," he told the Daily News.

Lane was "accosted by several individuals wearing plainclothes," Smith said. "They attempted to grab her camera to prevent her from taking photographs of an altercation they [plainclothes people] were involved in. Miss Lane was shocked to learn after the fact that these individuals were police officers."

The high-profile anchor, who has been with CBS3 since 2003, "respects police officers and has done several positive profiles of them in the Philadelphia area," Smith said.

Lane and Smith "are confident" that after a full investigation, she will be cleared of the charges," he said. further reports that CBS3 has confirmed that Lane "won’t return to the CBS3 airwaves until 2008" and that she will be edited out of the CBS 3 holiday special "Celebrate the Season," scheduled to air at 7 p.m. tomorrow and several more times.

CBS 3 spokeswoman Joanne Calabria makes the official statement for CBS3.

"We have been in touch with both Alycia and her attorney. Both emphatically state that when all of the facts are made public, she will be exonerated. Alycia says that she never struck anyone nor made the disparaging remarks that have been attributed to her. She was scheduled to begin two weeks of planned vacation time beginning next Monday. Given the circumstances, she and station management agreed that it would be best if she begin her time off today so that she can handle this pressing situation."

The New York Post points out that this is not the first time Lane has been the news herself instead of simply reporting it.

In May of 2007, it was reported that Lane had sent a series of private e-mails and saucy snapshots ( seven e-mails and several bikini photos) to NFL Network anchorman Rich Eisen that were intercepted by his wife.