Ex-NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape

Police say Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been charged with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway.

The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested earlier today at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, N.Y. Police say the victim was 16, one year below the legal age of consent in New York.

Investigators say the girl was controlled by a pimp from the Bronx who beat her and then forced her to have sex with Taylor for $300.

Police say they got involved in the case after the girl sent a text message to her uncle as she was being driven back to the Bronx by her pimp, 36-year-old Rasheed Davis. The uncle then called police, who arrested Davis.

Ramapo Chief of Police Peter Brower wouldn't comment on whether Taylor, 51, knew how young the girl was, but said, "ignorance is not an excuse to an individual's age."

An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, says he is confident Taylor will be proven innocent.

Taylor was arraigned late this afternoon. Bail had been set at $75,000.

To see the full police press conference on Taylor?s arrest, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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