Manhattan prosecutors will not charge Fox anchor Greg Kelly with rape, District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Tuesday.
Kelly, host of 'Good Day New York' and son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, was accused of date rape after a night of drinking in a South Street Seaport bar.
According to Vance, after the NYPD turned the case over to the DA to avoid a conflict of interest, his office conducted a "thorough investigation" that included "numerous relevant fact and expert witnesses, and reviewing multiple items of physical evidence, including, but not limited too, receipts, security logs, text messages and telephone records." Vance concluded, "After reviewing all of the evidence, we have determined that the facts established during our investigation do not fit the definitions of sexual assault crimes under New York criminal law."
In a statement, Greg Kelly said, ""I am thankful that the investigation established what I've known all along, that I am innocent of the allegations that were waged against me." He also thanked his lawyer, Andrew Lankler, who reportedly learned of the DA's decision after speaking with Martha Bashford, the head of the Manhattan DA's sex crime unit.The victim filed a complaint Tuesday, January 24, at the 13th Precinct in Midtown, alleging that she had met Kelly, 43, while walking on the street near his home in Battery Park City. She then accompanied him to get drinks at the South Street Seaport on October 8. After they went back to Kelly's apartment, the victim said, the Fox anchor raped her.
Kelly's accuser, a 28-year-old paralegal, also told police that the alleged sex attack resulted in a pregnancy that she later terminated.
"And 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 said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times