Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor has admitted to paying for sex with a 16-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday by federal prosecutors against the alleged pimp for the runaway girl.
In the complaint, which refers to Taylor as "Client-1," prosecutors say Taylor admitted to hiring a car service to take him from Newark International Airport to a Holiday Inn in Ramapo, north of New York City. After "engaging in sex acts with the girl," according to the paperwork, Taylor paid her $300.
The man charged in the complaint, Rasheed Davis, told Taylor that the girl was 19 years old, according to the complaint, which would have put her above the age of consent (17) in New York .
Taylor, 51, was charged Thursday in Suffern, N.Y., with third-degree rape (sexual intercourse with a minor by a person 21 years of age or older) and patronizing a prostitute. He was released from jail on $75,000 bond.
His attorney, Arthur Aidala, says the former New York Giant is not guilty.
"My client did not have sex with anybody," Aidala said. "Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody."
NutriSystem, a weight-loss company, said Friday that it had dropped Taylor as its spokesman a result of his arrest.
Davis, the man reported to be the girl's pimp, was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He reportedly had forced the runaway girl into prostitution and had beaten her prior to her sexual encounter with Taylor. Davis has an arrest record, having been sentenced in April 1994 to eight to 25 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter. He was paroled in March 2008.
Taylor, a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, has had a number of run-ins with authorities over the years. He was arrested in 1996, 1997 and 1998 on drug charges, the latter arrest resulting in a 2001 conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia that is commonly associated with smoking crack. In 2000, he was sentenced to five years of federal probation for filing false tax returns and for tax evasion.
Taylor has a June 10 court date on his most recent charges.
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