Sunday, January 29, 2012

Greg Kelly and rape accuser drank at East Side bar draped in bras

Woman claims ‘Good Day New York’ co-host raped her while she was drunk after drinking at Jeremy’s

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7:48 AM

  Jeremy’s Ale House is where Greg Kelly, son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and co-host of Fox 5’s ‘Good Day New York,’ and the woman who accuses him of rape had drinks the night of the alleged incident.

Anthony DelMundo for New York Daily News

Jeremy’s Ale House is where Greg Kelly, son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and co-host of Fox 5’s ‘Good Day New York,’ and the woman who accuses him of rape had drinks the night of the alleged incident.

The South Street Seaport bar where television host Greg Kelly wooed the woman who accused him of rape is hardly the place for a romantic rendezvous.

Jeremy’s Ale House, a fixture on the East Side waterfront, is a place where cops, construction workers and Wall Street wizards wander in off the cobblestone streets to knock back some brews.

The Front St. tavern — where sources told the Daily News Kelly and his accuser hung out before heading to her lower Manhattan law office on Oct. 8 — offers 21 beers on tap and blares classic rock. It’s a hard-drinking crowd: Beers are served in 32-ounce styrofoam cups, and the empties are stacked on the tables.

On weekends, there’s more of a singles vibe in the bar that once catered to Fulton Fish Market workers with an 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Happy Hour.

During the week, the bar attracts a fair amount of retired firefighters and cops — including some who stop by from 1 Police Plaza, where Kelly’s father sits as commissioner of the NYPD.

One wall is covered with police and fire memorabilia, including a tribute to the heroes of 9/11, while an assortment of signed bras dangle from the ceiling.

On Saturday afternoon, a manager said all the recent NYPD visitors weren’t looking for a cold beer. Detectives stopped by each of the previous three days to inquire about the October meeting between Kelly, 43, and his 30-year-old date.

Jeremy’s Ale House is a popular hangout for a hard-drinking crowd. (Anthony DelMundo/for New York Daily News)

The investigators asked for any video footage and for a list of workers on duty the night of the alleged attack, he said.

“They wanted to know if anyone had seen them together,” said the manager of the bar, in its fifth location since opening in 1973. “They wanted to know if they were drunk.”

The woman, after appearing last Tuesday inside the 13th Precinct stationhouse, told cops that the typically chipper “Good Day New York” co-host raped her while she was in a boozy stupor after a few drinks at Jeremy’s.

“Why’d you do that?” she asked Kelly in a phone call, sources said.

One wall inside Jeremy's Ale House is adorned with FDNY and NYPD memorabilia, including tribute to 9/11 heroes. (Anthony DelMundo/for New York Daily News)

The woman — a Long Island native whose identity is being withheld by the Daily News — was impregnated and had an abortion after the late-night sexual encounter, sources told the News.

The paralegal was a philosophy major, according to her Facebook page. In addition to her day job, she waitressed at renowned Red Sox hangout the Hairy Monk on Third Ave. — where her boyfriend was a bartender.

“She would just fill in shifts over the summer when the other girls needed time off,” said a former co-worker, describing her as “just a normal person.”

Her online entries for October, when the incident with Kelly occurred, showed nothing out of the ordinary.

There was a picture of her boyfriend, a distance runner, walking to his first day of student-teaching tucked among the otherwise mundane information.

Bras hang from the ceiling at Jeremy’s Ale House. (Anthony DelMundo/for New York Daily News)

Her brother is a former NYPD Internal Affairs investigator who now works for the crime scene unit.

Kelly, a former Marine fighter jet pilot, has denied the allegation and is cooperating with the Manhattan district attorney’s probe of the case, according to his lawyer.

His father refused to comment at all on the ongoing investigation. Raymond Kelly learned about the charges when the woman’s boyfriend snapped at him during a public event, “Your son ruined my girlfriend’s life.”

With Rocco Parascandola and Christina Boyle

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