2009-06-11 / Local & State

Convicted Ex-Anchor Sues Philly Newspapers

By Maryclaire Dale ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Convicted former news anchor Larry Mendte has filed a defamation lawsuit against Philadelphia's two major newspapers over coverage of his career and criminal case.

Mendte, 52, of Philadelphia finished serving six months of house arrest Monday and remains on federal probation for illegally hacking into former KYW-TV coanchor Alycia Lane's e-mails and leaking personal information to the press.

In the suit filed Wednesday, Mendte accused The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News of misstating facts about him.

The anchors worked together from about 2004 to 2007, earning well above $700,000 each. The 37- year-old Lane, who was fired after a scuffle with New York police, has a wrongful-termination suit pending and is suing Mendte for invasion of privacy.

A lawyer for Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, which owns both papers, did not immediately return a call for comment.

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