Former NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday morning, May 6 at a Holiday Inn in Rampo, New York on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl.
The Ramapo, New York town supervisor and police commissioner, Christopher St. Lawrence, said 51-year-old Lawrence Taylor was arrested at the Holiday Inn in Ramapo, about 30 miles northwest of New York City this morning. Taylor was taken into custody after the police received a report that a girl, who was reported to be missing from her home in the Bronx since March, had been brought to Taylor’s hotel room by a pimp. He is being served with rape and solicitation charges.
Police officials said at a news conference today that Taylor was “cooperative” when he was taken into custody and questioned.
An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, said he was “confident [Taylor's] innocence will be proven.”
Rasheed Davis, a 36-year-old parolee who served jail time for manslaughter, is believed to be the “pimp” in this incident. He was arrested as well for charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the Associated Press, “Police said the girl was reported missing by her family in March and had been staying with Davis in the Bronx for a few weeks. Early Thursday morning, he beat her up, drove her to the hotel and told her she had to have sex with Taylor, police said. When she refused, Davis handed her over to Taylor, who sexually assaulted her, they said. Taylor paid her $300, which she gave to Davis, police said”.
Davis “struck the young girl with his fist, kicked her and brought her to the Holiday Inn against her will,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
The 16-year-old girl allegedly sent text messages to her uncle on the way back from the hotel, telling him what had happened. The uncle then went to the NYPD to report it.
“We’re not happy with what took place, but our detectives have made the arrest and processed the scene,” St. Lawrence said.
St. Lawrence also said sex with a 16-year-old cannot be consensual in New York state.
Taylor was a 10-time All-Pro linebacker for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993, was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1986 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Taylor most recently starred on the hit show “Dancing with the Stars” last spring.
A Rockland County judge set bail at $75,000.