By ULA ILNYTZKY
NEW YORK — The New York City police commissioner’s TV host son resumed his morning show duties at “Good Day New York” on Friday, telling viewers it had been a tough couple of weeks but he was ready to get back to work after being cleared of the prospect of criminal charges of raping a woman he met for a drink.
It was Greg Kelly‘s first day back on the job since he took a leave of absence from the show after the allegations surfaced late last month.
Sitting next to his co-host, Rosanna Scotto, a relaxed-looking Kelly said, “It’s great to be back. Folks, thank you very much.”
“It’s was a tough couple of weeks, obviously, for a lot of people. I’m very, very grateful for all the support I got here from my friends at Fox, support from my family, friends, those I care about.”
He also thanked his viewers who “have weighed in through social media. Positive remarks. Thank you very much.”
Prosecutors on Tuesday said they had not found cause to charge Kelly with a crime.
The woman told authorities that Kelly raped her in her lower Manhattan office after they went out for drinks on Oct. 8, assaulting her while she wasn’t capable of consenting to sex, a person familiar with the investigation said. She told authorities she became pregnant from the encounter and had an abortion, according to a law enforcement official. Neither the person nor the law official was authorized to speak publicly, and they spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
The New York Police Department turned the matter over to the district attorney’s office when the woman walked into a police station Jan. 24, citing the potential conflict of interest in investigating a son of the commissioner, Raymond Kelly.
During his brief remarks on the show Friday, Kelly did not mention the allegations.
At one point, he put his hand on Scotto’s and said he was especially grateful “to this lady who sits next to me every day.”
The show airs on the local Fox affiliate, WNYW-TV. A former Marine, Kelly has appeared on “Good Day New York” since 2008.