Thursday, January 26, 2012

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's Mounting Problems

First, there is the ongoing fallout from revelations that the NYPD repeatedly screened the anti-Muslim film "The Third Jihad" despite claims from the Department that only a limited number of people saw the film. Commissioner Ray Kelly regrets for his role in the film, and how it was shown to new recruits. Mayor Mike Bloomberg indicated that someone at the Department exercised poor judgment in showing the film. There are also mounting calls for Kelly's resignation.

Now, there's word that Commissioner Kelly's son, Greg Kelly, has been accused of rape. Greg Kelly is the current anchor of Fox 5's Good Day New York with Roseanna Scotto. Kelly was missing from this morning's broadcast.
“Good Day New York” co-host Greg Kelly — son of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly — was a no-show on the program Thursday morning after reports that a Manhattan woman had accused him of rape.

The woman told cops she had drinks with Kelly, 43, at the South Street Seaport Oct. 8 before he sexually assaulted her in the law office where she worked, sources said.

The accuser, who is around 30, did not report the alleged assault until Tuesday night, when she walked into the 13th Precinct stationhouse and gave her account, sources said.

Cops interviewed the woman, but because of the conflict created by probing the commissioner’s son, they quickly turned the case over to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.

Greg Kelly’s co-host, Rosanna Scotto, expressed her support for him as she walked into the FOX studios about 5:30 a.m.
Since the Department needs to avoid any kind of conflict of interest in investigating the case, they turned it over to the District Attorney's Office. Kelly's attorney strenuously denies the allegations and maintains Kelly's innocence. The issue came to light following the woman's boyfriend encountering Commissioner Kelly and indicating that Greg has ruined the woman's life:
The woman, who is in her late 20s or early 30s, walked into the 13th Precinct station house with her sister sometime after 8 p.m. on Tuesday and made her complaint, according to one of the law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation and the sensitivity of discussing accusations against the police commissioner’s son.

The woman told the police that she met the younger Mr. Kelly on the street and that the two went to South Street Seaport for drinks on Oct. 8. They then proceeded to her office at a Lower Manhattan law firm. The woman told the police that the rape occurred at the office. The two continued to have contact by phone and text message after the encounter.

According to the woman’s account, when her boyfriend later learned about the night, he became angry. He then approached the police commissioner at a public event and told him that the younger Mr. Kelly had sexually assaulted his girlfriend.

The commissioner, according to the woman’s account, told him to write a letter. It was unclear if the man did so.

Commissioner Kelly’s account of his encounter with the boyfriend is similar, though according to Mr. Browne, the man told the commissioner that his son had “ruined my girlfriend’s life” but declined it to discuss it there. So the commissioner suggested that he write the letter.

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