Ex-NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape
(AP) - Police say Pro Football Hall of FamerLawrence Taylor has been charged with third-degree rape andpatronizing a prostitute in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway whowas brought to his suburban New York City hotel room against herwill.
The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested earlyThursday at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, N.Y. Police say the victimwas 16, one year below the legal age of consent in New York.
An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, says he is confidentTaylor will be proven innocent.
Ramapo Chief of Police Peter Brower says Taylor paid the girl$300. He wouldn't comment on whether Taylor knew how young she was,but he said, "Ignorance is not an excuse to an individual's age."
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.