The saga of former Philadelphia anchorhussy Alycia Lane has reached its messy legal stage, as the publicity-attracting former newslady has filed a 40-page lawsuit against the former station, mostly alleging that her former employer was completely wrong for firing her. Once public, the suit also brings up that whole Rich Eisen bikini-photo controversy, and although it doesn't necessarily make the former ESPN-er, now NFL network host look bad, it still makes him look a little foolish. Here's the Inquirer's round-up.:
Lane exploded onto the front page of the Post in May 2007 with a story headlined "Bikin-e-mails rattle TV wife." Lane says in the suit that she and Eisen were talking on the phone about a vacation she had taken with a mutual acquaintance. The suit says Eisen had asked her to e-mail photos but Lane had "felt embarrassed" because some were beach photos and because "they were taken without makeup, her hair was a mess, and she did not view the pictures as flattering."
Eisen reminded Lane of their friendship and "the level of comfort," so she sent them, she says. In a lighthearted response, the suit says, Eisen e-mailed Lane a photo of Baywatch's David Hasselhoff.
Oh, Rich. You cad. Regardless of how innocent the whole thing was, let's remember that Eisen's wife, Suzy Shuster, didn't think it was:
"Boy, do you look amazing in a bikini . . . congrats! Whatever you're doing, (Pilates? yoga?) keep doing it - it's working for you. Anyway, sorry but those seven e-mails you sent to my husband, Rich, well, oops, they came to the e-mail address we both use from time to time, but no worries, I'll forward the beach shots as well as the ones of you dancing with your friends on to his main address. Do you have it?"
She then provides her hubby's private e-mail, "since you surely are trying so hard to get his attention. I mean, what better way to get a guy's attention than with skin! Best - Suzy Shuster Eisen
Suzy Shuster will not be tussled with.Neither will Alycia Lane, apparently.
About the lawsuit allegations, however, Eisen, "respectfully declines comment." Can't say I blame him.