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NYPD commissioner's son accused of rape
NEW YORK -- The woman who accused New York TV morning show anchor Greg Kelly of raping her told investigators the assault left her pregnant, sources told ABC News.
The latest developments in the unfolding tale of the encounter in lower Manhattan come as investigators are attempting to sort through the allegations and establish what occurred.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, the accuser, who is about 30 and who works at a law firm as a paralegal, told law enforcement officials that she texted Kelly after the incident, and in one message asked why he had not called. Investigators are attempting to determine whether the contents of the communications between Kelly and the accuser appear to incriminate or to exonerate him.
The accuser told investigators that she met Kelly, who is single, in lower Manhattan and that he later raped her in the law offices where she works.
Kelly is the son of New York City's nationally and internationally renowned Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. The police department has recused itself from investigating the allegation to avoid any conflict of interest. The probe is being handled by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Sources close to the investigation tell ABC News this evening that the accuser told investigators she had become pregnant as a result of the encounter with Kelly and had terminated the pregnancy. Investigators are attempting to establish whether that was accurate.
The alleged assault, which she says occurred nearly three months ago, was reported to police this week. Multiple sources and the lawyer for Kelly have confirmed the investigation to ABC News.
"Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York county district attorney's office is conducting an investigation," said his attorney, Andrew Lankler. "Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing and is cooperating fully with the district attorney's investigation. We know that the district attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence."
Police officials declined to comment on most aspects of the case, and the Manhattan district attorney declined to comment.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today, "As far as I know, Greg Kelly has not been charged with anything. I don't know how that is going to turn out."
Kelly, 43, is the co-host of weekday morning news show "Good Day New York." He was previously a White House correspondent for Fox News and the co-host of Fox News' "Fox and Friends." Kelly was also a Marine pilot before joining Fox.
Sources told ABC News that the young woman has accused Kelly of attacking her in lower Manhattan last October. Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne said that to avoid any suggestion of conflict of interest his office was making no calls to detectives or District Attorney Cyrus Vance to establish any details of an investigation.
Bloomberg said, "I think the police department did exactly what they should have done" to avoid a conflict of interest.
Sources confirmed that the woman was first interviewed by detectives on Wednesday. The case was then passed on to the district attorney because of the risk of conflict in investigating a rape allegation against the police commissioner's son.
Sources say they met at the South Street seaport where they went for drinks and then went to her nearby office. Sources tell ABC News the accuser was in touch with Greg Kelly following the alleged assault. Messages between the accuser and Kelly sent after the alleged assault are under review as part of the investigation, sources said. According to the alleged victim's boyfriend, she has been "an emotional cripple" since then.
"The boyfriend was outraged and out of his mind when he realized what had happened," a friend told ABC. He said she called him from the law office right after the alleged assault and said she had been raped.
According to Browne, the boyfriend told Commissioner Kelly that his son "ruined my girlfriend's life," but did not provide details. So the commissioner suggested that he write a letter. According to the alleged victim's friend, the boyfriend shouted to Kelly, "You better keep an eye on your son."
The mayor said he understood the commissioner's suggestion that the boyfriend write a letter. Bloomberg said he is frequently approached by strangers with a complaint while in a public area, and he often replies by urging them to write a letter, he said.
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