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Lawrence Taylor -- Judge Sets Monster Bail

5/6/2010 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With steel handcuffs clamped down on his wrists, NFL legend Lawrence Taylor just left a New York courtroom -- where a judge set his bail at a whopping $75,000.

Lawrence Taylor in court

Taylor was formally arraigned on charges of 3rd degree rape (sex with a minor) and patronizing a prostitute in the 3rd degree.  He's plead not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution first requested that the judge set bail at $100k, citing LT's lengthy criminal history. Taylor's attorney called the request "ludicrous."  Ultimately, the judge settled on $75k.

Minutes before the arraignment, cops held a news conference, where they confirmed several facts:

-- LT was "very cooperative" with police. 

-- Cops say LT had some alcohol inside his hotel room, but officials won't specify what kind or how much. LT didn't appear to be intoxicated when cops arrived to his room.

-- Officers also claim LT did not attack his accuser, her black eye was caused before she arrived to his hotel room.

-- LT has been charged with rape in the 3rd degree -- which is essentially statutory rape.
The charge is a Class E felony -- and if convicted, LT could face up to 4 years in prison.

-- Cops also state that LT has been charged with patronizing a prostitute in the 3rd degree -- and if convicted, LT could face up to one year in jail.
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Cops confirm that LT is accused of paying $300 for sex.

-- Officials "do not know" if the victim resisted having sex with LT -- it's important to recognize that LT has not been charged with forcible rape.

-- Cops say LT did not answer the door when they arrived -- so they let themselves in.  Cops say they did not have a search warrant, because they didn't need one.

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Tam    

No sound.

1443 days ago
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Joe Dirt    

What's the news here? I'm a black man being accuse of rape, the end.

1443 days ago
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Wombat    

K, so it is statutory if anything...plus soliciting a prostitute...plus possible child abuse and/or assualt due to the black eye. Age of consent in NY is 17, though it seems most states have a consent of 16 years old.

1443 days ago
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Darlene    

Shaking head!!!

1443 days ago
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JAck    

sounds like he got set up to me, whens the civil case?

1443 days ago
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cakey1    

"he allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl. Law enforcement sources say the woman claims LT paid her $300 for sex."



It should say ...."the child" or even "the teenager"!
16 yrs old is not a woman! She is still somebody's baby.

1443 days ago
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JAck    

it says girl... is this on???

1443 days ago
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cakey1    

Read the very next sentence. It then says woman.

1443 days ago
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tracer    

where is the sound? wtf

1443 days ago
10.

JAck    

ever hear of a typo?

1443 days ago
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Sonya in Tx    

WTF!!!! Tha audio is not working!!!!!

1443 days ago
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yarrrr    

There is no audio... wtf tmz...

1443 days ago
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JAck    

i read his lips, he said that n*gger is f*cked

1443 days ago
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Donovan    

I don't read lips...sound would be helpful.

1443 days ago
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cakey1    

CNN is showing it live *with audio*

1443 days ago
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