Posted by Bossip Staff
This is serious, but funny as hell as well:
The former “Access Hollywood” anchor described his early relationship with Lane as “flirtatious, unprofessional and improper” but said it soured after his wife, local Fox anchor Dawn Stensland, learned about it. The twice-divorced Lane, 36, vehemently denies any impropriety and has sued him for invasion of privacy and on other grounds.
The pair anchored the evening newscasts on KYW from 2004 to January, when Lane was fired after a Dec. 16 arrest in New York following a late-night scuffle with police. The charges were later dropped as part of a pretrial diversion program. She has a wrongful-termination suit pending against KYW.
Mendte leaked privileged e-mails about her criminal case to the press, and prosecutors say he is the only plausible source of damaging leaks concerning a swimsuit photo she sent a friend, married TV sports anchor Rich Eisen.
Mendte was fired in June, after the FBI searched his home and office.
“My role at the station was still being diminished when Alycia told me during an argument on the set that she (was) the rising star and that I was ’50 and on my way out,”‘ Mendte said after his Aug. 22 plea to a single-count information.
“I felt I was in trouble,” he continued. “My career, my future, my family’s future was in trouble. And, this is where I got into more trouble — federal trouble.”
Mendte has two young children with Stensland and two older children from an earlier marriage. He earned $700,000 at KYW-TV, while Lane’s salary had zoomed past his to $780,000, according to her lawyer, Paul Rosen.
The FBI began investigating Mendte in the spring, when a station employee stumbled upon a computer that was logged into Lane’s private e-mail account — nearly two months after she was fired.
Damn, and the world would have you believe that it is only black people who can’t be professional, when these white people, who make 700K+, are acting like that. He’s a dirty old man for hacking into her email like that and leaking it to the press, but on a side note: she could get it.
One more pic of Miss Lane below.
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