Lawrence Taylor pleads not guilty to rape charge

(AP) - Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he had sex with a16-year-old girl.

The former NFL star smiled as he arrived at a Rockland Countycourthouse on Tuesday for arraignment on charges that includethird-degree rape. He's also charged with patronizing a prostituteand endangering a child.

The 51-year-old Taylor pleaded not guilty through his lawyer.Earlier, when a reporter asked if he was guilty, Taylor responded,"Grow up."

Taylor allegedly paid the girl $300 for their May 6 encounter ina hotel room in suburban Montebello.

Court papers in a federal case against the girl's alleged pimpsay Taylor admitted to sex acts with the girl but was told she was19.

He is free on $75,000 bail.

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