WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly, Son of NYPD Commissioner, Accused of Rape

Greg Kelly, the co-anchor of the WNYW/Channel 5 morning newscast Good Day New York, has been accused of rape. Kelly is the son of New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly.

According to the Daily News, Kelly’s accuser told police that she met the anchorman October 8 for drinks at the South Street Seaport before Kelly, 43, assaulted her at the law firm where she works.

The Daily News says the woman, who is around 30 years old, waited to report the allegations until Tuesday night at the 13th Precinct.

Kelly’s lawyer, Andrew M. Lankler vehemently denied the accusation in a statement last night:

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. We know the district attorney’s investigation will prove Mr. Kelly’s innocence.
Reports say police interviewed the woman, but due to the potential conflict of interest with the elder Kelly’s status as the city’s top cop, the case was quickly turned over to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Kelly was notably absent from today’s Good Day New York., although the station did mention the rape allegation and Kelly’s denial during the broadcast. 

“Greg Kelly has requested some time off,” Lew Leone, WNYW general manager, said in a statement.  While the length of Kelly’s time off is uncertain, a station spokeswoman confirms that Steve Lacy, who replaced Kelly today, will substitute along side Rosanna Scotto at least through tomorrow.    

The unmarried Kelly has been with WNYW since 2008, teamed with Scotto as part of the popular morning tandem.