Cleared of rape allegations, Greg Kelly to return to work Friday
Fox 5 news anchor Greg Kelly will return to the air Friday, just three days after prosecutors cleared him of rape allegations, the station said.
The decision was made Wednesday afternoon after a meeting between Kelly and Fox executives, sources said. They did not comment on why Friday was picked for his first day back.
Kelly, 43, took a leave of absence two weeks ago, when a 29-year-old paralegal accused him of raping in her office after meeting for drinks at a South Street Seaport bar in October.. The case was investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to avoid any conflicts of interest, since Kelly is the son of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Martha Bashford, chief of the DA's Sex Crime Unit, told Kelly’s lawyer on Tuesday that after investigating, the office decided “no criminal charges are appropriate." Kelly had adamantly denied the accusations since they were made.
Rosanna Scotto, Kelly’s co-anchor, has not commented since the DA’s decision was announced, but tweeted “It is a GOOD day NY!” Wednesday morning.
Kelly’s lawyer Andrew Lankler did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday.
In an unrelated news conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police and prosecutors acted appropriately.
“I thought the police dept did exactly what they should do. They should turn it over immediately, which they did, to the District Attorney,” he said. “I thought [DA] Cy Vance did exactly what he should do. He right away called his best sex crime investigators, put them on the case.”