Former Fox News host accused of rape

By David Edwards
Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:26 EDT
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The district attorney’s office in Manhattan is investigating allegations that the son of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly raped a woman last October.

Greg Kelly, who currently co-hosts a morning show for Fox 5 in New York and was formerly a co-host of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, denied the accusation.

“Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York County District Attorney’s office is conducting an investigation,” Kelly attorney Andrew M. Lankler said in a statement. “Mr. 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 Mr. Kelly’s innocence.”

According to The New York Times, the woman filed a complaint with New York City police, but the case was turned over to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. because Kelly’s father was the city’s police commissioner.

A law enforcement official told the Times that Kelly met the woman, in her late 20s or early 30s, at South Street Seaport for drinks on Oct. 8. The two then went back to her law firm where the rape allegedly occurred.

The woman continued to stay in communication with the 43-year-old Kelly by text and phone. Her boyfriend eventually learned of the encounter and confronted the police commissioner, claiming that Kelly had “ruined my girlfriend’s life,” The New York Post reported.

The commissioner asked the boyfriend to write him a letter instead of making a scene at a public event. The boyfriend told ABC News that his girlfriend had been “an emotional cripple” since the incident.

In addition to co-hosting Fox 5′s Good Day New York, Kelly is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. In his role as a reporter at Fox News, he was embedded in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as a White House correspondent.

Watch this video from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Jan. 26, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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