Manhattan DA Won’t File Criminal Charges Against Anchor Greg Kelly

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two weeks after being accused of rape, news anchor Greg Kelly had his name cleared Tuesday night.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. will not file criminal charges against Kelly, Vance’s spokeswoman said in a statement, adding the facts do not fit the definition of sexual assault crimes.

Kelly, the co-host of “Good Day New York” on Fox 5, made headlines last month after a woman accused him of rape.  The woman said she met Kelly on the street and the two had drinks by the South Street Seaport before going to her law office building where she said Kelly forced himself on her last Fall.

The tryst allegedly took place in the woman’s law firm to keep it from her live-in boyfriend.

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Vance’s spokeswoman, Joan Vollero, said the DA’s office sent a letter to Kelly’s lawyer, attorney Andrew Lankler, notifying him that the office would not file charges against his client.

“From the moment this matter was referred to this Office, we conducted a thorough investigation, consistent with standard practice. That investigation included interviewing numerous fact and expert witnesses, and reviewing and analyzing multiple items of physical evidence, including, but not limited to, receipts, security logs, text messages, and telephone records. After reviewing all the evidence, we have concluded that the established facts do not constitute a crime under New York criminal law,” Vollero said in a statement.

Kelly had taken a leave from his position at Fox following the allegations. He also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying that he was “innocent of the allegations that were waged against me.”

“I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and friends whose support for me never wavered,” the statement read. “I am grateful to everyone at Fox 5, especially Rosanna Scotto, my co-host.  I will always remember her kindness, and I look forward to soon resuming my post on Good Day New York next to her.”

Kelly is the son New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Sources close to the investigation said the woman and her sister went to the 13th Precinct last month to file a complaint and when detectives realized the potential for a conflict of interest, they immediately turned the case over to District Attorney Vance.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

In the letter sent to Greg Kelly’s lawyer from the district attorney’s office, Sex Crimes Unit chief Martha Bashford said Greg Kelly and his accuser were “cooperative and were interviewed in the first days of the investigation.”

Defense attorney Stuart Slotnick wasn’t involved in the case, but followed it closely and said it was flawed from the beginning.  Those flaws, Slotnick said, include the woman taking three months to go to the police to report the alleged rape, and the text messages with Greg Kelly that followed the sexual liaison.

“I think the District Attorney’s office believed this was a consensual encounter,” he told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Prosecutors have decided not to charge the woman with filing a false police report, ensuring the headlines from this case will soon fade away.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • Deborah Jeffries

    As I predicted, the DA dropped the charges. A real rape victim doesn’t wait 3 months to report the crime and liars like her make it hard for all victims. He should file a civil defamation suit against her.

  • LuLu

    FINALLY justice!! This story had BS written all over it from day one. He didn’t do anything wrong – this has nothing to do with who his father is!

  • Mack Seagrave

    Is there any chance at all that Greg Kelly was humbled by this experience and as a result will give others the benefit of the doubt instead of attcaking them on the air while twisting the truth, making misleading statements, painting groups with a broad brush, etc.?

  • HK

    a man like that should not be a co-anchor, not with such character


  • craig

    humm sounds like Ray Kelly and his Goons strike again!

  • Vernon Hell

    The tone in any organization is set from the top. There is a culture of rape at Fox that is based on Rupert’s conception of women as property. Contrary to his statement, Greg Kelly was not adjudged “innocent,” but that his wrongdoing just did not rise to the level of criminality. He will always be known to the public as Rupert’s rapist, and the real justice here is that there is not a damn thing he can do about it.

  • nrichard

    Here’s my take – she met him, had a drink, wanted to have sex with someone famous, got caught by the boyfriend, came up with a story to save her relationship or to blackmail. The story never made sense to me as a woman and obviously to the DA

    • Jean

      I saw it the same way. Her boyfriend found out and in a panic, she cried rape. We see this all the time with young girls who don’t want to get themselves or their boyfriends in trouble when they turn up pregnant. It has nothing to do with who he is or who his father is. She’s a liar. As a woman, I’m angry and take it as an insult to all the real victims out there who will now have their credibility questioned solely because of this incident.

    • right on target

      Smartest post here

    • No Noubt..

      I am CERTAIN that is exactly what happened!!!! Period!!

  • Hec Suave

    I guess one hand does wash the other. I’m surprised an independent counsel was not appointed to further investigate the alledged complaint. Surely, there has to be a conflict of interest here. SMH, really can’t understand the judicial process of this city.

  • Max

    This went pretty much the way I thought it would. I’m not a Gregg Kelly fan, but I didn’t think he did this. The guy has diarrhea of the mouth, and wouldn’t have been able to stop himself from just blurting out ” I DID IT ” at some point. Slightly clueless, yes. Rapist, no.



    • Hec Suave

      My thoughts exact!

  • patrick d

    Not saying that he definitely committed the crime, but you just can’t fight the powerful, can you?

  • patrick d

    Not saying he definitely did it, but you just can’t fight the powerful, can you? Personally though, I don’t like the guy.

    • Patrick duh

      Yes it is hard to like a war hero and someone who faught to protect us in the war ohhh it is hard to like.

  • jant1215

    It doesn’t take long for the morons to show up. Anyone with half a brain could tell these were trumped up charges. But because his father is the Comm., he MUST be guilty, right? Pathetic people.

  • c twist

    vance the manhatten D.A. has screwed up every case thats come before him since he,s been elected………..hes i n the pocket of the cops and and a BIG FRIGGIN DUMMY

  • Bernadette Van Buren

    Kelly is the son New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. That is all that needs to be said.

  • chas

    Coverup. Also how can a self respecting man with his background work and perform on a BS morning TV show.
    Man up Daddy ‘s boy. Stop talking about texting . Your a grown man.
    I hope daddy’s proud

    • NYC

      Should be proud of his war veteran son.I guess you want to throw him under the bus but it is about time that a man does not take a fall for a womans lies.She is poor excuse for a woman and to cry rape is a insult to all.And i guess your dad wishes you could be half the son he is.Our war heros get no respect.

  • Paige Cohen

    he still is the dumbest man on TV

    • Paige Turner

      Yes you say he is dumb but was smart enough to fly fighter jets to protect us in the war.Your just sorry excuse for a human.

      • ctwist

        ok ok he can fly a jet but he just cant convict

        • Amtracmarine

          What hell are you talking about??? “ok ok he can fly a jet but he just cant convict”??????

  • JJ

    Hmm, he must know somebody.

    • CK

      Yeah he knew the truth

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