Lawrence Taylor’s attorney defiantly rejects rape allegations
RAMAPO, N.Y. — After seeming to have put his troubled past behind him, former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor again found himself in a courtroom in this small Hudson Valley town Thursday.
Ramapo authorities said the Pro Football Hall of Famer faces up to four years in prison after being arrested and charged withraping a 16-year-old girl who authorities say was beaten by a Bronx pimp, then delivered to Taylor’s hotel room.
Taylor paid the girl $300 for sex, authorities said. En route to the hotel, she sent a text message to her uncle, who alerted the New York Police Department. The NYPD arrested the suspected pimp, Rasheed Davis, an ex-convict on parole. The NYPD informed Ramapo police, who woke up Taylor and arrested him in his room at a nearby Holiday Inn at 3:55 Thursday morning. The girl, who was reported missing in March, has been reunited with her uncle, authorities said.
Wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, Taylor, 51, hung his head and gave brief, one-word answers during his arraignment here.
Taylor was charged with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. Bail was set at $75,000, and a hearing was set for June 10. He could face up to five years in prison if he’s given the maximum sentence served concurrently.
Taylor’s attorney, Arthur Aidala, denied all the charges to USA TODAY. The football great nicknamed “LT” might be a victim of his own celebrity, Aidala said. The attorney said Taylor just wants to return to his wife and three children at their home in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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