Lawyer: DA Probing NYC Police Commissioner's Son

By Salon Staff

Published January 26, 2012 11:54AM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — A son of the city police commissioner is under investigation by prosecutors and denies any wrongdoing, his lawyer said Wednesday, without elaborating on the allegations.

Greg Kelly, a local television show co-host and a son of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney's office investigation and "strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind," lawyer Andrew Lankler said in an emailed statement.

"We know that the District Attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence," Lankler said. He didn't immediately respond to questions Wednesday night about the focus of the probe.

The DA's office declined to comment. Chief police spokesman Paul Browne said he couldn't comment and was referring inquiries to the DA's office because of the potential conflict of interest.

But Browne said the police commissioner was made aware of an accusation against his son by the boyfriend of a woman claiming the younger Kelly assaulted her, according to reports in the New York Times and Daily News.

"He said, 'your son ruined my girlfriend's life'," the Daily News quotes Browne as relating. "The commissioner said 'Well, what do you mean?' He said he didn't want to talk about it here so the commissioner told him to send a letter."

Greg Kelly, 43, co-hosts "Good Day New York," a morning television show on local Fox affiliate, WNYW-TV. Messages left for the station weren't immediately returned late Wednesday.

He joined Fox News Channel in 2002 and was the White House correspondent from 2005-2007, according to his biography on WNYW's website. A Marine Corps veteran and reservist, he also covered the Iraq War, including four assignments in Baghdad.

Before that, he covered politics for local cable news channel New York 1 and was an anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 34, an ABC and NBC affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., his bio said.

He also served for nearly a decade in the Marine Corps and is now a lieutenant colonel in its reserves.

Raymond Kelly returned to the police commissioner's post in 2002 after a stint in the 1990s.


Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.

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