I didn’t sex­u­ally as­sault any­one

Lawyer de­nies rap in jail­house in­ter­view

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MIKEY LIGHT AND NANCY DIL­LON

He ad­mits he’s messy but claims he’s no se­rial sex fiend.

The pe­cu­liar Park Ave. lawyer ac­cused of trail­ing un­sus­pect­ing women through their Man­hat­tan apart­ment build­ings and at­tack­ing them four years ago de­nied he’s a sex-crazed preda­tor in a jail­house in­ter­view Fri­day.

Ra’Shaun Kel­ley, 35, told the Daily News he “never” led a dou­ble life as the shad­owy stalker who ter­ror­ized women dur­ing the string of at­tacks from the East Vil­lage up to Har­lem.

“I’m not con­cerned about the charges. I’m con­fi­dent they’re go­ing to be dropped,” Kel­ley told The News dur­ing the Fri­day face-to-face at the Brook­lyn De­ten­tion Com­plex.

“I’ve never as­saulted a woman in those ways,” he said.

The New York Law School grad who grew up in Ca­nar­sie then closed his eyes and paused, his de­meanor shift­ing slightly.

“I’ve never as­saulted a woman,” he con­tin­ued. “I’ve gotta be care­ful what I say. It’s like be­ing asked if you’ve never lied be­fore. You gotta think about it.”

Kel­ley scoffed at claims he was liv­ing out of his Park Ave. law of­fice and had a rep­u­ta­tion there as a creepy, un­kempt ten­ant with anger is­sues.

“Of course my of­fice is messy. My whole life is work. Or it was, if I still have any clients left,” he sniffed Fri­day.

“You know I have a house, right?” he sniped dur­ing an­other ex­change, de­clin­ing to give an ad­dress.

Dur­ing the sit-down in­ter­view, Kel­ley claimed he was shocked when a war­rant squad in­ter­rupted him play­ing the PlayS­ta­tion game “Dead By Day­light” last week and took him into cus­tody for what he thought was an old pub­lic uri­na­tion charge.

He said it wasn’t un­til his Jan. 5 ar­raign­ment that he first heard he was be­ing charged with bur­glary, sex abuse and at­tempted rape in­volv­ing three in­ci­dents from late 2014 and early 2015.

In his first al­leged at­tack on Dec. 16, 2014, Kel­ley groped and tried to kiss a 19year-old woman af­ter cor­ner­ing her in the el­e­va­tor of her build­ing on FDR Drive in the East Vil­lage, of­fi­cials said.

The woman fought back, and Kel­ley al­legedly split.

A day later, Kel­ley al­legedly groped a 20-year-old woman in­side a Har­lem apart­ment build­ing near Am­s­ter­dam Ave. and W. 151st. St., jump­ing the woman from be­hind and cov­er­ing her mouth as he mo­lested her.

On Jan. 14, 2015, Kel­ley al­legedly pulled down a 31year-old woman’s pants dur­ing an at­tack in a Chrystie St. build­ing in the East Vil­lage.

In that in­ci­dent, Kel­ley ran away when the woman be­gan scream­ing for help, of­fi­cials said.

Sur­veil­lance video pur­port­edly shows Kel­ley wear­ing a white shirt, tie and dis­tinc­tive Yan­kees cap as he stalked his vic­tims.

A po­lice source said the Man­hat­tan spe­cial vic­tims squad cracked the case through a com­bi­na­tion of the video sur­veil­lance footage, wit­ness state­ments and tips.

Kel­ley told The News he be­lieves his ar­rest stems from the top-to-bot­tom shakeup that fol­lowed com­plaints the NYPD’s spe­cial vic­tims unit wasn’t do­ing its job.

“Some­body wanted a f--ing pro­mo­tion I think,” he said.

He com­plained the re­cent lineup in­volv­ing his case was flawed.

“None of the other peo­ple at the lineup looked any­thing like me,” he claimed Fri­day.

“I’m on trial by the me­dia. No mat­ter what hap­pens in the case, my rep­u­ta­tion is gone,” he moaned.

“I’m miss­ing my free­dom. I’m miss­ing wak­ing up in the morn­ing, go­ing out and get­ting a ba­con egg and cheese,” he said.

He also misses play­ing PlayS­ta­tion and talk­ing with his friends.

“I’m los­ing ev­ery­thing. My rep­u­ta­tion, my prac­tice, my life,” he said.

“My life is over. What clients am I gonna re­tain now?”

Ra'Shaun Kel­ley tells the Daily News he may be messy but he's not a sex fiend.

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