Lawrence Taylor is privately contradicting what his lawyer said publicly about having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.
A source who has had direct contact with Taylor since the incident tells TMZ Taylor has acknowledged the pimp supplied the girl ... but he "honestly believed she was 19 or 21."
Taylor's lawyer said flatly yesterday, Taylor did not have sex with the woman.
According to the source, Taylor is "devastated," insisting he's "not into the world of 16-year-olds."
Taylor is acknowledging he was with the girl but says it never dawned on him she was underage.
The source added, "He wants a lot of girls. They don't have to be the most beautiful, but he's into quantity."