A Philadelphia television station has denied claims that it maliciously damaged the reputation of a former newscaster.

Alycia Lane is suing KYW-TV. She says it deliberately got her personal life into the news to get free publicity.

The station said Friday that the allegations aren't true and that it will defend the case vigorously in court.

Lane was fired this year after being arrested in New York City following a late-night scuffle with plainclothes police.

The lawsuit says the station told Lane to interview TV psychologist Phil McGraw and suggested she talk about her past relationships. She also alleges that managers discriminated against female employees