NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney refused to comment Monday about the sex assault allegations against the police commissioner’s son.
But that’s not stopping an avalanche of leaks about the state of the investigation.
The headlines were inevitable, given the involvement Ray Kelly’s son, who happens to be a television news personality. The coverage, driven by leak after leak from law enforcement, is questioning the credibility of Greg Kelly’s accuser.
Some readers are saying, enough.
“It is kind of stacking the deck against people, for sure it’s definitely a lot of propaganda,” Kelsey Novick of Greenpoint told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
“I think stories like this are dangerous. They perpetuate the victim, blaming culture of violence against women,” added Craig Held of Midtown.
Ray Kelly has refused comment after recusing the NYPD and turning the case over to the Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.
But there was the following leak on Saturday in the New York Post: “A source said Ray Kelly has seen the bar bill from that night and has privately said it was laughably low, which helps knock down the claim that she was drunk.”
The Post’s source was referring to the accuser, who partied at a bar with Greg Kelly before the alleged assault.
That, of course, raises an obvious question: if the police commissioner has turned the case over to the district attorney’s office, why would Ray Kelly have been looking at evidence in the case — the bar bill?
On Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Ray Kelly should have no involvement in the case and believes his top cop has kept his distance.
“His idea was to turn it over; I didn’t have to tell him to do it. That’s Ray Kelly, the most honest person I know and understands that you cannot have the potential of a conflict,” Bloomberg said.
If the leaks are correct, a decision about charges could come as early as this week.
Over the weekend DA Vance said he has a good team on the case, and will follow the facts wherever they lead.
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