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Cops: Lawrence Taylor Arrested for Rape

5/6/2010 11:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL legend Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of rape in New York, this according to police.

Lawrence Taylor has been arrested for rape
Officials have released a statement confirming 51-year-old Taylor was taken into custody by police after someone accused the Hall of Famer of committing rape early this morning at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, NY.

The Town of Ramapo Police Department is currently investigating the situation.

A news conference is scheduled to take place in the next few hours.

Taylor -- who's considered one of the greatest defensive players of all time -- recently performed a stint on "Dancing with the Stars."

Taylor has a deep history with the law -- he's been arrested multiple times on drug charges ... and back in November, he was arrested for hit-and-run.

UPDATE: According to a local NY paper, authorities have identified the victim as a 15-year-old girl, who was working under the control of a pimp. TMZ has not been able to independently confirm the report.

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Lawrence Taylor has been arrested for rape

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