The son of New York City's police commissioner is under investigation after a woman accused him of sexual assault, according to sources. News4's Jonathan Dienst reports.
The son of New York City's police commissioner is under investigation after a woman accused him of sexual assault, sources tell NBC New York.
Greg Kelly has not been arrested or charged with any crime. The Manhattan District Attorney is handling the investigation because of the potential conflict with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
A source confirms 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.
The woman said the pair met on the street and went to have drinks at South Street Seaport. Afterward they went to her office at a law firm, and that's where the rape occurred, according to the woman.
She and Kelly exchanged phone and text messages afterward that appeared friendly in nature; he expressed that he wanted to see her again and she indicated she had a good time, a source said.
Kelly's attorney, Andrew Lankler, said that his client was aware of the investigation and strongly denied any wrongdoing.
"Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York County District Attorney's office is conducting an investigation. Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the district attorney's investigation," Lankler said in a statement. "We know the district attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence."
Lew Leone, vice president and general manager of WNYW-Fox 5, said Kelly had requested some time off. He did not appear on the morning program Thursday.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office declined comment. An NYPD spokesman also declined comment, referring all questions to the district attorney.
Sources tell NBC New York that Ray Kelly was approached by an unknown individual at a public event who told him that his son had “ruined my girlfriend’s life.”
The police commissioner asked him to explain, but the man said he didn’t want to discuss the issue there. Kelly told him to put it in writing and send it to him.
It wasn't clear if the letter was ever sent.
Asked about the incident at a news conference, Mayor Bloomberg said the police department acted appropriately in turning the probe over to the district attorney's office to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and that questions about the case shouldn't be directed at him for the same reason.
"Everyone has a right to have their complaints investigated," Bloomberg added. "Greg Kelly hasn't been charged with anything. I don't know how that's going to turn out."
Greg Kelly, 43, joined Fox News Channel in 2002 and was the White House correspondent from 2005-2007, according to his biography on WNYW's website. A Marine Corps veteran and reservist, he also covered the Iraq War, including four assignments in Baghdad.
Before that, he covered politics for local cable news channel New York 1 and was an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 34, an ABC and NBC affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., his bio said.
He also served for nearly a decade in the Marine Corps and is now a lieutenant colonel in its reserves.