NY Police Commissioner's son accused of rape



NY Police Commissioner`s son accused of rape New York: The son of New York Police Commissioner has been accused by a woman of raping her, a charge that he has denied.

Greg Kelly, who is anchor at a local television show, is the son of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. The case is being handled by office of the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance and not by the Police Department to avoid conflict arising from investigating a case against the commissioner’s son.

Kelly, 43, has denied any wrongdoing in a statement released by his lawyer Andrew Lankler.

Kelly "strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the district attorney’s investigation. We know the district attorney’s investigation will prove Kelly’s innocence," the statement said.

The young woman has told law enforcement authorities that she had met the junior Kelly on the street last October and had then gone for drinks. She said she was raped by Kelly when they went to her office at a Lower Manhattan law firm. The two, however, continued to remain in contact by phone and text messages after the incident.

The woman said her boyfriend became angry when he heard of what had happened and even confronted the police commissioner at a public event, telling him that his son had sexually assaulted his girlfriend.

Kelly currently co-anchors Fox's show 'Good Day New York'. He had served as a fighter pilot for nine years in the United States Marine Corps.

Following the accusation, Kelly did not appear on the show this morning.

The accusation against his son comes even as the police chief is facing flak for appearing in an anti-Muslim video that was shown to the police department's officials during training in 2010.

Kelly appears briefly in the film 'The Third Jihad' that shows an Islamic flag over the White House and Muslims shooting other people.

Initially Kelly's office had denied he had been interviewed for the film but in a statement yesterday, Kelly said he had agreed nearly five years ago to be interviewed for the film as its maker had good credentials.

"While it never became part of the Department's curriculum, and was not authorised for any training, regrettably it was shown in a room where officers who were filling out paperwork or on break from actual training had an opportunity to view it over an extended period in 2010," the statement said.

Kelly apologised to the Muslim community saying when the content of the film was brought to the attention of the department, the film was withdrawn.

Kelly said he appeared for only 15 seconds in the movie that also includes interviews with former Mayor Giuliani and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

PTI