NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested May 6 and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, after another man reportedly brought her to a hotel room near New York City where Taylor was staying.
Taylor, who was an all-star linebacker for several seasons with the New York Giants, was taken into custody by police while at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, a town north of NYC, according to the New York Times. The legal age for consensual sex is 17 in the state of New York.
Taylor, 51, was charged on May 7 with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute, according to USA Today. He was released from police custody on a $75,000 bond. Taylor’s defense attorney Arthur Aidala denied all charges against Taylor.
“We’re confident his innocence will be proven,” said Kenneth Gribetz, another attorney for Taylor.
Another man was arrested in this case, 36-year-old Rasheed Davis. He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to AP, Davis drove the girl to the Holiday Inn and told her she had to have sex with Taylor.
But when she refused to do so, Taylor sexually assaulted her and then paid her $300, which was then paid to Davis. While driving back from Suffern with Davis, the girl described what happened by sending text messages to her uncle. He then sought out the New York police Department, according to the AP.
The girl had been missing from the Bronx borough of New York since March, according to the New York Times. She had sent the address of where Davis was taking her in the Bronx, where officers found her and arrested Davis, according to the New York Times.
The girl had injuries to her face, including a black eye. Police near the Suffern area who then arrested Taylor were told by Taylor that she had those injuries when she arrived at his room. Taylor is not suspected of that assault.
Taylor lists his official residence on record as Pembroke Pines, Fla., but he owns other homes in the New Jersey area as well as New York. The Holiday Inn is a half mile from the Spook Rock Golf Course, where Taylor regularly plays.
Taylor’s NFL legacy is marked both by triumph on the field as a player, and struggles to maintain sobriety—he was suspended from the Giants in 1988 for drugs and alcohol abuse.
Police said they found a bottle of alcohol in Taylor’s room but no drugs.
“He has been stone-cold sober for the past 12 years,” Aidala said. “That was the old Lawrence Taylor. This is the new Lawrence Taylor.”