“Let’s Put the Girl who Cried ‘Wolf!’ on Trial Instead”
By Andrea Peyser
Feb. 10, 2012
Her name is Maria Di Toro, the woman who claimed she was raped by Greg Kelly.
In the interest of justice, as well as protecting the safety and sanctity of all women, I’m begging Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to prosecute Di Toro, 29, a paralegal who wants to be an actress and model, to the fullest extent of the law.
The girl who cried “rape’’ was almost believed. She twice told prosecutors a consistent and credible story that, were it not for the exertions of the DA’s office, might have cost a good man his liberty and sent his career into ruins.
Di Toro last month falsely accused Kelly, 43, the handsome son of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and a “Good Day New York’’ anchor, of raping her.
Whether she was motivated by anger, lust or fear of losing her boyfriend — or, as she claims, sexual amnesia — no rape occurred.
It was a misrepresentation — I won’t use the word “lie” — that many responsible adult women I know fear could make us all look thieving and dishonest.
Di Toro claimed that she got drunk and was taken advantage of by Kelly on the night of Oct. 8, 2011, as she eagerly stepped out on her boyfriend. But fortunately, her story stank to high heaven.
For here was a gal with a live-in lover who admitted she picked up Kelly on a downtown Manhattan street with the cry, “You’re so cute,’’ like some kind of overage groupie.
Di Toro proceeded to send him two days’ worth of racy text messages, in which the duo discussed things they wanted to do naked.
The climax, if you will, came as Di Toro went out for drinks with Kelly at a South Street Seaport dive. Afterward, she took the anchor to the law office in which she works because, unlike the single Kelly, Di Toro had someone waiting at home.
At the office, the pair engaged in sexual intercourse. They did it right in the office of Di Toro’s boss, leading to all sorts of unappetizing sanitary questions.
She wasn’t done. Di Toro continued to send sexts to Kelly — 17 in all. She asked him if they might hook up again.
Three months went by.
Di Toro now claims she got pregnant and had an abortion. Suddenly, her mood toward Kelly flipped 180 degrees, changing from possible anger — why doesn’t anyone use a condom? — to devastation.
After her boyfriend found out, and Kelly vanished, she decided that the sex she pursued so wickedly wasn’t lovemaking at all, but forcible rape.
In the meantime, Di Toro’s man confronted Ray Kelly at a public event with news of his son’s sordid sexual experiences with his own girlfriend.
“You ruined my girlfriend’s life,’’ he charged. It makes one wonder what kind of fiction Di Toro had spun.
Even after the time spent sexting Kelly, followed by a booming silence, Di Toro has hidden behind a veil of anonymity that Kelly, a totally innocent man, was never afforded.
This week, the DA’s office put out a statement saying Kelly did nothing wrong.
“The established facts do not constitute a crime under New York criminal law,’’ wrote DA rep Joan Volero.
A source put it this way to The Post: “The lustfulness” between Kelly and Di Toro “was mutual.”
Well, the DA’s office doesn’t want to deal with it anymore because, however improbably, prosecutors believe Di Toro is telling the truth when she says she can’t remember having sex with Kelly. She just knows they did it.
There are two ways one can prove a rape: forcible compulsion (of which Kelly was never accused) and physical helplessness. Well, the pair drank little. Being a lightweight is no proof of sexual assault.
“Not being able to remember is not tantamount to rape,” said a source.
Prosecutors, who must possess mind-reading powers to glean what’s going on in Di Toro’s head, have declined to charge her with filing a false criminal report because they think she believes she’s telling the truth.
It’s not good enough.
It’s time to protect true victims of sexual assault by ripping off the veil that only encourages gals to make untrue claims. Who will believe a real victim now?
Di Toro is, at best, a confused soul who irrevocably harmed a man’s reputation by thinking only of herself. At worst, she lied when she didn’t get her way.
If she really believes she was attacked, then Di Toro has nothing to be ashamed of. If she made up the story, then protecting her only serves to tell women that this kind of demented behavior is OK.
The DA must take a stand against false claims leveled against men, the same way he would uphold the right of any other minority to not be harassed and scorned because of physical appearance.
Di Toro must face the music.