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Lawrence Taylor, Football Hall Of Famer, Arrested On Rape Allegation

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Updated at 2:28 pm ET —

More details are emerging in the arrest of former football star Lawrence Taylor. He has been accused of raping a 16-year old, according to an Associated Press report:

SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) - Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in a suburban New York City hotel room, and another man is accused of bringing her there, police said.

The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested early Thursday at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, said Christopher St. Lawrence, supervisor of the town of Ramapo. The victim was 16, oneyear below the legal age of consent in New York, St. Lawrence said.

An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, said he expected Taylor to be arraigned later Thursday.

"We're confident his innocence will be proven," he said.

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Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, long acquainted with trouble, was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman at a hotel in Montebello, N.Y., a suburb north of New York City.

Taylor, who distinguished himself as an outside line backer for in a 12 -year career with the New York Giants, has had a troubled history off the field. He was convicted in New Jersey in 2001 for possessing drug paraphernalia.

That conviction followed drug arrests in the late 1990s. He also was convicted on federal tax charges in 2000.

Of the arrest on the rape allegation, there are few details though the Associated Press reports a news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon:

From the AP:

Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said the former New York Giants linebacker had not been formally charged, but that police were investigating a reported rape that occurred earlier Thursday at a hotel in Montebello.

Police said they would hold a news conference Thursday afternoon. They did not immediately respond to questions about the circumstances of the arrest and whether Taylor, 51, had a lawyer.