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Dancing With The Stars: Former Contestant, Lawrence Taylor, Charged With Rape

May 08, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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Football hall of famer and former Dancing With the Stars competitor, Lawrence Taylor, has been arrested and charged with the rape of a 16-year old girl. The troubled retired NFL star was arrested early on Thursday, May 6th, in his New York hotel room and later released on $75,000 bail. Keep reading for more details on these shocking allegations…

Lawrence Taylor is no stranger to legal troubles. The football hall of famer, who was a contestant on season 8 of ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars, has battled with substance abuse and dealt with several arrests in the past for tax evasion and drug-related issues. His most recent arrest came in the early hours of May 6th, when he was taken from a New York hotel room and charged with the rape of a 16-year old girl.

According to authorities, Taylor had sex with a teenage runaway in his hotel room in Ramapo, New York and then paid her $300. On her way to the hotel, the young girl sent a text message to her uncle who called the New York Police Department. The NYPD arrested Rasheed Davis, an ex-con believed to be the girl’s pimp, before alerting authorities in Ramapo about Taylor’s involvement. The former Dancing With the Stars competitor was then arrested at 3:55am on Thursday morning in his hotel room and charged with third-degree rape. He was later released on $75,000 bail with a scheduled court date for June 10th. If convicted, Taylor could face up to five years in prison.

Despite the claims, the former NFL star is denying the charges. Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, spoke in defense of his client saying, ”As is every celebrity, Mr. Taylor is a target. Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody. Am I clear?”

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