ESPN sports analyst Steve Phillips’ torrid affair with a 22-year-old production assistant has blown up into “Fatal Attraction” sex scandal.
Phillips, who rocked the New York Mets baseball team with admissions of infidelity during his tenure as general manager, apparently continued pursing young staffers once he joined ESPN, according to a police report.
He was forced to confess his affair to his wife and went to the police after the assistant, Brooke Hundley, went postal. Hundley allegedly phoned Phillips’ wife, Marni. “We both can’t have him!” she told her, according to the New York Post, quoting a police report.
ESPN is beginning to look like a hotbed of sexual misconduct. The Phillips episode comes only weeks after a man was nabbed for secreting videotaping ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in September.
The sportscaster was nude in her room, and the video made its way to the Internet, briefly. Most sites removed it after Andrews threatened legal action. Michael David Barrett,49 was arrested and charged in the case.
ESPN has suspended Phillips for a week because of the scandal, a source told the Post. He was hired as a baseball analyst in 2005.
“Fatal Attraction” is a 1987 movie in which a married New York lawyer has an weekend affair with a colleague, who will not let go of him, and stops at nothing to have him, including terrorizing his family, and ultimately murder.
Hundley reportedly engaged in other desperate actions, and smashed her car into a stone column while speeding away from the Phillips’ home after leaving a letter there, according to the Wilton, Conn. police. Phillips’ family home is located there.
“I have extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself,” Phillips said in a police statement, adding that the woman became “obsessive and delusional” after he dumped her.
Phillips, 46, so far has declined to pursue criminal charges against Hundley. That could be because Hundley could retaliate against ESPN and Phillips with a sexual harassment lawsuit. He was sued previously while at the Mets.
The police are also said to be investigating claims that Hundley used an ESPN computer to contact Phillips’ 16-year-old son on Facebook, posing as a high-school classmate, The Post reported.
Phillips is being sued for divorce by his 40-year-old wife. The couple has four sons, and Phillips recently turned over the family’s five-bedroom, multimillion-dollar Wilton home to her, according to the Post.
As the Mets’ GM, Phillips admited having sex with a team employee, Rosa Rodriguez, who sued him for sexual harassment. The case was settled out of court.