Friday, January 27, 2012
Ray Kelly declines to answer questions regarding son rape allegations
Tells news media to contact the Manhattan district attorney’s office
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly ducked questions Friday about the rape allegation involving his son, TV host Greg Kelly.
Appearing at a promotion ceremony at Police Headquarters, the city’s top cop repeatedly told reporters to direct all inquiries about the case to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is conducting the investigation.
When asked whether cops assigned to Cy Vance Jr.’s team will be prohibited from taking part in the probe, the commissioner said, “All those questions should go to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.”
Asked how he was holding up amid the allegations, Kelly again refused to comment.
“I respect that question, but I’m not going to answer anything related to that matter,” Kelly said.
The NYPD referred the case to the DA because of the conflict of interest involved in investigating the commissioner’s son.
Mayor Bloomberg reiterated Friday that that was the right move.
"I thought the police commissioner the Police Department did exactly the right thing,” Bloomberg said on his regular appearance on “The John Gambling Show” on WOR-AM. “There is too much of an appearance of a conflict when there's an allegation against the commissioner’s son and they turned it over to the Manhattan district attorney, who is very competent and will do a thorough investigation.”
Commissioner Kelly did not have any public appearances Thursday, when headlines blared that his son, a co-host on “Good Day New York,” had been accused by a paralegal of raping her during an encounter in her downtown office.
The commissioner has said through a spokesman that the accuser’s boyfriend confronted him at a recent public event and accused his son of “ruining my girlfriend's life."
Kelly asked the man to explain what he meant, Browne said Thursday.
But the man refused, saying he didn't want to discuss the matter with so many people around. Kelly then suggested the man send him a letter, but Browne said it appears no such letter was ever sent.
The woman went to the 13th Precinct stationhouse Tuesday night and told cops that Greg Kelly had raped her in October.