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Greg Kelly, New York police chief's son, faces rape allegation

January 26, 2012 |  6:54 am

Greg Kelly

The New York police chief's son, who is an anchorman on the local Fox TV affiliate, is under investigation after a woman accused him of rape, his attorney and the news station said Thursday.

Greg Kelly, the son of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, did not appear in his usual anchor's chair on "Good Day New York" on Thursday. Co-anchors at WNYW attributed his absence to local media reports saying that the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., had been asked to look into accusations that Kelly raped a woman in October.

Kelly's lawyer, Andrew Lankler, confirmed the probe and in a short statement said his client "strenuously denies any wrongdoing."

"Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York County district attorney's office is conducting an investigation.  Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the district attorney's investigation.  We know that the district attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence," the statement emailed to the Los Angeles Times and other news organizations read.

Kelly, 43, is a longtime New York-based journalist who has covered the White House and the Iraq war, according to his biography. He also spent nine years as a U.S. Marine fighter pilot; his missions included enforcing a United Nations-imposed no-fly zone over Iraq. 

Local media reported that a woman claimed to have met Kelly on the evening of Oct. 8, had drinks at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, and then went to her office. It was there that the assault is alleged to have occurred. 

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Photo: New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, left, and his son, Greg Kelly, on March 3, 2009. Credit: Charles Sykes/Associated Press

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