Lawrence Taylor Arrested for Rape of 16-Year-Old

Football star Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl. The former Dancing With the Stars contestant was picked up at a New York hotel and was charged with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute in the third degree. Taylor, 51, is denying the charges.

Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower said Taylor had sex with the young girl, then paid her $300. Authorities were reportedly informed by the New York Police Department to arrest Taylor after the victim's uncle, who had reported her missing, told cops he received a text from the girl about being driven back to the Bronx by a pimp. Taylor was taken into custody at the Holiday Inn Suffern, in Montebello, NY, where the alleged victim had been brought by another man who was also taken into custody.

"He's denying the whole thing," Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur L. Aidala, told the New York Times. "We're going to fight these charges as hard as he fought when he was a linebacker for the New York Giants."

Taylor was released on $75,000 bail Thursday afternoon.

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