By Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail. A former CNN anchor was attacked by a gunman trying to rob her in a Route 66 motel - but survived the frenzied attack after her naked husband rescued her. Lynne Russell , 68, had stopped for the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday when she was reportedly grabbed my an unidentified robber who demanded valuables from her room. But she was saved from the attack after her husband - who has served in the special forces - burst out of the shower and gunned the assailant down in the nude. Gunfight: Lynne Russell, 68, was attacked in her room at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque Tuesday night - but survived after her husband, Chuck de Caro, pictured with her above, killed him. Crime scene: A police officer is pictured above collecting evidence from the motel room - into which Russell said the assailant followed her, then demanded valuables. From colleagues to companions: Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, both formerly with CNN, were engaged in , years after their time at the news network. Chuck de Caro, 65, was hit himself three times in the frantic exchange of gunfire, but managed to fatally wound the attacker and save the pair, the New York Post reported.
Thompson, who played a detective on ABC's Blue until , spent the last year covering the news beat for an Albuquerque, N. In a moment reminiscent of a smear campaign from political drama The Contender, various nude photos of Thompson began surfacing on the Internet just as CNN announced its decision to hire her. The scuttlebutt made the cover of the New York Post on Friday; her photo was positioned next to a story with the cheeky title "Headlined Nudes. Thompson defended her past decisions to disrobe. Some of the photos were apparently stills of Thompson taken from a Italian film, Manhattan Gigolo, as well as other images from her Black and White shoot. CNN has issued a statement supporting Thompson, which reads simply, "We accept Andrea Thompson's explanation regarding the photos in question. All rights reserved.
The controversy over the hiring of former NYPD Blue star Andrea Thompson--a high-school dropout with less than a year's experience in journalism--as an anchor for CNN's Headline News channel has been kicked up a notch as nude pics of her circulated on the Web. The images, culled from a topless spread she did in Black and White magazine and from a erotic Italian flick called Manhattan Gigolo , got exposure when they were linked to by TedsTurnovers. The Industry Standard reported Thursday that CNN was "backing away" from Thompson because of the salacious images Turner is known for its draconian "morals clause," which, among other limitations, restricts employees from smoking and other "immoral" activities.
AN effort to introduce "star power" to the CNN network backfired yesterday when nude pictures of a news anchorwoman, a former NYPD Blue actress, appeared on the internet. The pictures of Andrea Thompson, who was taken on to improve sagging ratings, can be found via a website launched by a group of disgruntled former employees. Credibility has always been vital to CNN's success; during world crises it often scoops other media and is watched constantly by the White House and the CIA. A link was provided to a site featuring three photographs of her in various states of undress.