*Lawrence Taylor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl in Rockland County, New York, according to reports.
The former New York Giants star was arraigned Tuesday before Rockland County Judge William K. Nelson.
Taylor is charged with third-degree rape for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with someone younger than 17 and third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the underage victim $300 to have sex. He’s free on $75,000 bail.
The 51-year-old Hall of Famer was arrested in a Ramapo, New York, Holiday Inn room on May 6, a few hours after the alleged rape took place, authorities said at the time. Ramapo is about 30 miles northwest of New York City.
Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Police Chief Peter Brower told reporters after the incident that the alleged victim was a runaway from the Bronx and had been brought to Ramapo by a pimp. The girl texted an uncle after she returned to New York City the next day, and the uncle notified the New York City police, prompting the arrest of Taylor and the alleged pimp.
Taylor’s attorney, Arthur Aidala, said at an earlier bail hearing: “My client did not have sex with anybody. Period. Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody.”
Aidala said that “no violence, no force, no threat, no weapons” were involved in the case. He noted the rape charge against Taylor was for consensual sex with a minor and said Taylor denied it.