Breaking News: Lawrence Taylor Arrested in Upstate New York On Rape Charge
Legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested this morning in Rockland County, New York after being accused of raping someone at a Holiday Inn Holidome in Suffern, New York. According to the New York Daily News, details are sparse about the incident and more information will be provided at a 3 p.m. press conference. The 51-year-old hall of famer has been arrested in the past on drug charges.
Update: Police are saying that Lawrence Taylor was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl. According to LoHud.com, athorities say the 15-year-old girl was apparently was a runaway from Bronx controlled by a pimp. More details after the jump.
The victim was reportedly beaten during the attack, reports LoHud.com:
The girl got beaten up at the hotel, authorities said, and later needed treatment at a hospital.
“She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved,” St. Lawrence said. “She got punched in the face. We’re not sure who did it.”
The police got involved after the girl texted her uncle as the pimp drove her down to the Bronx, St. Lawrence said. The uncle called the New York City Police Department and officers met the pimp’s car in the city, St. Lawrence said.
The police took statements from the girl, arrested the pimp and called the Ramapo Police Department, who sent officers to the hotel to investigate.
LoHud.com also has more details about Taylor’s rape chage:
Taylor was being held in the town police lockup pending arraignment in Ramapo Justice Court this afternoon. One of the charges being considered is third-degree rape, a charge that involves having intercourse with a minor.
Taylor’s lawyer, Kenneth Gribetz, said he has not seen the charges or the details of accusations.
Gribetz, a former Rockland district attorney, said he’s confident Taylor will be released on bail later this afternoon and eventually exonerated.
Gribetz and his law partner, Deborah Lowenberg, met with Taylor at the Ramapo police lockup.
“He’s upset as anyone would in this situation,” Gribetz said of Taylor. “He’s looking forward to an early arraignment and release.”
We’ll update again after the press conference at 3 P.M.