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Lawrence Taylor did not rape teenager, wife says

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Lawrence Taylor's wife stands by her man
  • Lawrence Taylor is accused of raping a teenager
  • Wife denies that the crime took place
  • Former NFL star has pleaded not guilty
  • Wife says Taylor gave the teen money to help her out

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Lawrence Taylor's wife stood by her man Thursday, vehemently denying that her famous linebacker husband raped a teenager.

"He didn't rape anyone. He didn't have sex with anyone. He didn't call a pimp," Lynette Taylor said on "Larry King Live."

Taylor, a Hall of Fame linebacker, pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl in Rockland County, New York.

Taylor, 51, was arrested in a Ramapo, New York, Holiday Inn room on May 6, a few hours after the alleged rape took place, authorities said at the time. Ramapo is about 30 miles northwest of New York City.

Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and Police Chief Peter Brower told reporters after the incident that the alleged victim was a runaway from the Bronx and had been brought to Ramapo by a pimp.

The girl texted an uncle after she returned to New York City the next day, and the uncle notified the New York City police, prompting the arrest of Taylor and the alleged pimp, St. Lawrence said.

Lynette Taylor said the girl sneaked into her husband's hotel room because many people knew Taylor was in town for an autograph signing. Taylor gave her $300 because she was going through bad times, Lynette Taylor said.

"So I mean for him, $300, here -- here is $300. Will this help you out any? It was very much that," said Lynette Taylor. "Yes, he should have told her to get the heck out of my room. But I cannot explain why men do what they do."