WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly Cleared of Rape Charges

Greg Kelly, the WNYW/Channel 5 Good Day New York co-anchor, and son of NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, has been cleared of rape by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Kelly said in a statement, “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.”

Kelly’s attorney Andrew Lankler met with Martha Bashford, the chief sex crimes prosecutor for Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr.  The allegations against Kelly, it was determined, did not meet the grounds for criminal prosecution.  

Kelly has been absent from his Good Day post since the allegations first surfaced two weeks ago. A paralegal, reportedly between 28 and 30 years old, accused Kelly of rape after meeting for drinks at a South Street Seaport bar in October.

But with evidence that included text messages, bar receipts, and telephone records, Bashford concluded a crime never occured.  

Helping clear Kelly’s name, the woman sent several flirtatious texts to Kelly, before and after the encounter.

A grateful Kelly, thanked colleague Rosanna Scotto, who never wavered in her support for Kelly.  

“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.

“I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and friends whose support for me never wavered,” he said.

The accuser claimed to have gotten pregnant from the rendezvous with Kelly and, reportedly, had an abortion.

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