Monday, January 30, 2012
Greg Kelly rape probe expected to wrap up quickly.
The DA's probe into whether TV anchor host Greg Kelly date-raped a woman last year is expected to wrap up quickly.
“It could be over this week — no later than next week,” said one source.
“They don't want this thing to linger at all. It’s the police commissioner’s son: they are going to do everything they can to bring this to an end.”
The politically sensitive case is in the hands of Martha Bashford, the widely respected boss of the Manhattan DA’s sex-crime unit.
Linda Fairstein, who previously held the job, called Bashford the “best sex-crimes prosecutor in the country.”
Fairstein, who is skeptical of the woman’s claims, said “based on my own experience, I don’t think it will take a very long time” to establish whether a crime was committed.
Kelly, a former Marine fighter jet pilot and the anchor of “Good Day New York,” insists he is innocent.
Investigators are still combing through phone records, surveillance tapes and other evidence, including flirty text messages the woman sent Kelly both before and after their Oct. 8 encounter.
The 30-year-old paralegal, who reported last week that she was date-raped by Greg Kelly that day and subsequently had an abortion, was reportedly urged to file charges by her angry boyfriend.
The boyfriend, who confronted the NYPD commissioner about his son at a recent public event, is a larger-than-life character who has sailed around the world, won marathons and swam with sharks.
Not much appears to intimidate him.
The rugged, 48-year-old has made a living as bartender, teacher, photographer and even beekeeper.
He is a rugby player whose amateur team plays hard and parties harder. They proudly take responsibility for single-handedly ending a famous restaurant chain’s all-you-can-drink policy.
The Daily News is not naming him in the context of a sex-assault case.
Along with a circle of athletic buddies that include a hedge fund analyst and a reality show contestant, he set two world records last year.
He was also one of the 200 fastest runners in last year’s New York City Marathon.
According to a 2009 interview, he is an expert sailor who once set off on a two-year solo trip around the world. He ran a beach bar on a remote Pacific island and relishes telling of the time he fought off a shark while diving.
Sources have said that when he learned that his girlfriend had had an abortion after her encounter with Kelly, he was furious.
He went to confront the police commissioner at a recent public event and said to him, “Your son ruined my girlfriend's life.”
According to police spokesman Paul Browne, Kelly asked him what he meant, and when the boyfriend said there were too many people around to talk, Kelly told him to write him a letter.