Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor arrested for rape

Police in New York arrested former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and accused him of raping a 15-year-old girl on Thursday.

Taylor was held after being arrested by Ramapo, N.Y., police and charged with third-degree rape (which includes intercourse to minors)in the Holidome Hotel in Montebello, north of New York City.

Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel told the AP that Taylor, 51, hadn’t been formally charged. He said charges will be filed when the police investigation is completed.

The Journal Newssays the alleged victim is a 15-year-old girl who was beaten.

Police say Taylor, 51, lives in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Taylor, the longtime Giants star, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.He also competed last year in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He was suspended several times during his 13-year career for drug use and has admitted to battling alcohol and drug addiction. In the past few years, Taylor has re-emerged as a public personality, including on N.F.L. broadcasts, and has said his drug problems are in his past.

In an autobiography, Taylor admitted resuming heavy cocaine usage when he retired. He entered drug rehab twice in 1995, but later was arrested two times in three years for allegedly attempting to buy cocaine from undercover officers

Last November, he was charged in Dade County, Fla. with leaving the scene of an accident. He was released on $500 bond and the case is still pending.

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