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Ray Kelly Ducks Questions About Rape Accusation Against Son Greg Kelly

By DNAinfo Staff on January 27, 2012 12:31pm

By Ben Fractenberg and Julie Shapiro

DNAinfo Staff

LOWER MANHATTAN — Police Commissioner Ray Kelly refused to answer questions Friday about the rape accusation a woman made this week against his son, Greg Kelly.

In his first public appearance since news of the rape allegations broke, the commissioner was at a promotions ceremony at Police Headquarters.

It was a day after the Manhattan District Attorney's office confirmed it was investigating Greg Kelly after a woman walked into the 13th Precinct and claimed the TV newsman raped her and got her pregnant, as DNAinfo first reported.

Ray Kelly took questions from reporters, as he usually does at public events, but he declined to speak about the rape accusation.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly declined to answer questions about the rape accusations against his son Greg Kelly Jan. 27, 2012.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly declined to answer questions about the rape accusations against his son Greg Kelly Jan. 27, 2012.
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"I'm not going to answer any questions about this matter," Kelly told reporters.

One reporter asked how Kelly was holding up, and the police commissioner replied that he would not answer personal questions.

The accuser, a woman believed to be in her 20s, claimed this week that 43-year-old Greg Kelly, co-host of Fox 5's "Good Day New York," raped her in her law office near the South Street Seaport in October.

The accuser, who is not a lawyer but is described as a "professional person," told police she met Kelly on Oct. 8 and went out drinking with him near South Street Seaport.

The pair then allegedly went back to the woman's nearby office, where the woman said Kelly sexually assaulted her while she was virtually passed out and unable to give consent, sources said.

The woman told police she became pregnant after the incident, but had an abortion, sources said.

Greg Kelly has vehemently denied the allegations through his lawyer. His attorneys have turned over text messages to police that they say show the encounter was consensual, sources said.

The woman did not initially report the alleged rape, but her boyfriend became enraged when he learned of it, and he confronted Ray Kelly at a public event late last year. The police commissioner told the boyfriend to write him a letter of complaint.

The accuser first told police about her allegations when she walked into the 13th Precinct station house on Tuesday night. The police quickly turned it over to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, to avoid a conflict of interest.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday that Ray Kelly had handled the situation appropriately.