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Published: December 17, 2007
A television news anchor from Philadelphia was arrested in Manhattan on Sunday after she punched a police officer in the face, the police said.
The anchor, Alycia Lane, hit the officer at West 17th Street and Ninth Avenue about 2 a.m., said the police, who provided no information about what led to the encounter. The officer was treated at a hospital for a cut and she was then released.
Ms. Lane, 35, was arraigned on a felony charge of assaulting a police officer and pleaded not guilty, her lawyer, David Smith, said. She was released.
Ms. Lane “denies striking anyone,” Mr. Smith said.
“We’re confident that after a full investigation of the facts she’ll be cleared,” he said.
Ms. Lane, a Long Island native, is a co-anchor of evening newscasts at KYW-TV, the CBS-owned station in Philadelphia. “We are still trying to sort out exactly what happened,” a spokeswoman for the station said.