Prosecutor on Greg Kelly: "We Put a Good Team on Case"

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance says his office is thoroughly investigating the rape accusation against Greg Kelly

By Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst
|  Sunday, Jan 29, 2012  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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DA on Kelly: "We Put a Good Team on Case"

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Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance spoke with NBC New York Saturday following a youth community basketball tournament in Harlem


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. would not comment specifically Saturday on the rape accusation against Greg Kelly, but assured the public his office was handling the case fairly.

"I can't comment about an ongoing investigation," Vance told NBC New York. "We investigate cases thoroughly, we make our judgments on the facts, and not based on any consideration of who the victim is or who the accused is."

The Manhattan DA's office has been handling the investigation into whether the police commissioner's son sexually assaulted a woman.

A woman filed a sexual assault complaint against Kelly, co-host of Fox 5’s "Good Day New York," with authorities at the 13th Precinct on Tuesday for an alleged attack in October, NBC New York learned last week.

Sources confirmed Sunday the pair had been drinking at Jeremy's Ale House before they went back to the alleged victim's downtown office, where she claimed he raped her. The South Street Seaport bar is a fixture among cops, firefighters and construction workers.

Kelly's attorney, Andrew Lankler, said his client "strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the district attorney's investigation."

Vance said Saturday that investigation comprises an experienced team and a sex crimes unit run by "one of world's foremost DNA experts."

"We put a good team on the case, we follow the facts," he said. "We are going to follow the facts, wherever they lead in every case, to do what we believe is right."

Vance would not say whether he was close to making a decision on pursuing criminal charges.

Sources have told NBC New York investigators have serious doubts about the credibility of the victim's report.

Vance spoke with NBC New York Saturday following a youth basketball tournament at the Police Athletic Community Center in Harlem.

Kelly, meanwhile, requested some time off from work at WNYW-Fox 5, general manager Lew Leone said last week.

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