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Lawrence Taylor Officially Charged with Rape

6/23/2010 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on rape charges for the incident involving a 16-year old prostitute he allegedly hired.

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In addition to rape, a grand jury also indicted the NFL Hall of Famer on the following charges: criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and patronizing a prostitute.

Taylor was arrested in May at a Holiday Inn outside NYC.  Prosecutors say he paid the girl $300 to have sex.  Taylor denies having sex with her -- in fact sources connected to Taylor tell TMZ part of his defense will be that he masturbated.

LT's agent Mark Lepselter says their legal team "made a strategic decision to not put any of our evidence in front of the grand jury. We look forward to presenting our evidence at the appropriate time."

0623_taylor_lawyer_videoLT's lawyer says that they knew the indictment
was coming -- and they're confident they will
succeed in proving LT's innocence.


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46.

trucker    

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, HIS CAREER IS OVER

1497 days ago
47.

carole    

so happy this big galute, LT was charged with RAPE!!! i hope he gets 20 yrs in prison. Johan Santana should get charged with RAPE also. these sports people are PAID to entertain the public, NOT ATTACK women at their leisure. the DIRTY BUMS!!!!!

1497 days ago
48.

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1497 days ago
49.

Justice    

So since Elvis married Lisa Marie when she was 14 then does that make him a pervert too?
The only wrong part about the whole L.T. thing was the fact she was beaten by her loser pimp and there against her will. L.T. had no way of knowing this little hooker runaway was only 16 and there against her will. The fact she is 16 shouldn't be the big issue. Violence should be the issue.
Was she a virgin? If a girl is mature and can procreate then according to nature, she can have sex. That's nature. Survival of the species. Doesn't matter with who or how old or young the male is.
There's an old saying from the South when it comes to this and Hank Williams couldn't have said it any better than he did -- > Old enough to bleed, old enough to butcher.

1497 days ago
50.

uncle phil    

this is one southerner who would be very happy not to be lumped in with picture of the south justice just painted. the only people you hear say something like that "old enough to bleed" thing are creepy pederasts that are probably going to get nailed for kiddie porn soon.

1497 days ago
51.

carol    

You all don't know the evidence...Girls & women lie about their age...If the girl lied about her age...She suffers the consequence's...This should teach her fast ass to go to school & get off the street...She wanted to get ****ED...Sound like she was getting what she wanted...He was paying and she was delivering.. For those that is calling LT a Gorilla...That is what u all say after you have ****ED our BLACK men...Leave them alone & stay with your white men...Leave our BLACK MEN alone...This is the price LT has to pay...He should have never got involved with white women...Each of our BLACK men that gets involved with one of you...They always are destroyed through the media & eventually go to jail. I take my hats off to Denzel/Will Smith just to name a few...Stay BLACK & You wont be degraded like these men...Expensive lesson 4 our brothers...

1497 days ago
52.

sharon    

I'm in no way condoning what LT did, he deserves whatever punishment the judge gives him. However, this 16 going on 30 year old girl (1). ran away from home because she didn't want to follow the rules her parents had for her, (2). she decided to live with the pimp and another girl in the same house, not going to school or having any communication with her relatives, (3) this wasn't her first "job", it just happens to be the first time she got beaten into doing it and (4)she boasted to her friend right after she left the hotel, it was the easiest and most money she made in one night.



i'm wondering though, since she had a cellphone with her to text the uncle to tell him what happened to her and she was scared, why didn't she use that same cellphone to call the cops when the pimp dropped her off at the hotel? Or she could have told someone at the front desk what had happened to her and they could have called the cops before she even went up to the room.

1497 days ago
53.

magnolia    

complete and total BS. if he wasn't lawrence taylor this small-time-wanna-make-a-name-for-himself DA would NEVER have charged him in this case.

1497 days ago
54.

twidge    

. My taxes are high enough without paying to try this case. He been buying drugs and bringing in prostitutes for nearly 30 years and now the police and lawmakers want to finally press charges.

1497 days ago
55.

Davinci    

So i guess after twelve is lunch.

1496 days ago
56.

Please_get_a_life    

Masturbated? Sure sure, everyone that hires a "PRO" and pays them $300 or more is only looking for a voyeur to watch them spank it. I'm sure she never touched his tool....



Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggghhhhttttt..........

1494 days ago
57.

bob    

Anon,



I am a white dude but I think you make a good point Ben should have gone down for what he did.



Bob

1492 days ago
58.

bob    

Anon,



I am a white dude but I think you make a good point Ben should have gone down for what he did.



Bob

1492 days ago
59.

KERRY J!    

Lawrence......... You stupid.


LOL! xD

1359 days ago
60.

KERRY J!    

YO!!!, Isn't that THE SAME DUDE, "MANY YEARZ AGO", Who was on "W.W.F.": (World Wrestlin' Federation, But, "WHICH IS NOW", "W.W.E.": (World Wrestlin' Entertainment.) "HIM???", (Lawrence Taylor???), Who WANTED TO BATTLE: "BAM-BAM BIGGELO???", YEARZ AGO???

HOLY COW!!!, IT IS!!!

Awww Man, That'z jacked-dup!

I'm "DISGUSTED" with "HIM!", (Lawrence Taylor.) An' DAT PUNK-AZZ, "SO-CALLED, PIMP!" You ain't no "PIMP!", "FOOL!!!"

You're more like, "PATHETIC!", And "PITFUL!"

"When you DISRESPECT,
"YOU!!!", "GET DISRESPECT,
IN RETURN!!!!!"

Servin' time in jail, IS JUST "SALT SPRINKLES ON PRETZELS!",
YOU AIN'T "SEEN NUTHIN' YET!!!!"

I'm glad I ain't yall!

I'm out!

1359 days ago
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