Lawrence Taylor Ex-New York Giant Wins Teen In Sex Case
NEW YORK - Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor celebrated with a cigar Friday and pledged to concentrate on his “broken life” after a jury rejected a woman’s claims that he sexually assaulted her by failing to recognize her distress when he had sex with her in a hotel room when she was 16.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan deliberated for about an hour before siding with Taylor, who appeared relieved as he turned around and gave a thumbs-up to a friend on a court bench behind him. Outside court, Taylor signed a copy of the verdict sheet belonging to his lawyer, Arthur Aidala, and then spoke about his future and his past.
Cristina Fierro, now 19 and married, is suing Lawrence Taylor, 53, in Manhattan federal court , for unspecified damages, claiming she was forced by a brutal pimp to have sex with him and that he should be held accountable.
Lawrence Taylor who led the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991, pleaded guilty to paying for sex with Fierro in 2010, but remains adamant that the hookup was consensual.
Fierro, a 19-year-old Bronx resident, said she was only 16 when Rasheed Davis beat her up and drove her to meet Taylor in May 2010.
She began weeping as she graphically described her meeting with Taylor, who says he believed she was 19 at the time.
She told the Manhattan jury, that she didn’t know who Taylor was when she found him naked on a bed in a hotel room in Montebello, just north of New York City, where pimp Rasheed Davis deposited her after punching her in the face and forcing her to have sex with him for $300.
The low-rent rendezvous was arranged by a man called Billy or Fat Boy, who was a friend of Taylor’s driver.
Taylor admitted, he told Billy that he wanted a woman to come to his room by midnight, saying there was an understanding that whether they had sex or not, he would pay her for taking the time to come up.
He added, that he expected to have sex with Fierro, and that she didn’t seem to have a problem with it or tell him to stop.
Cristina Fierro, claimed things happened differently, saying that while too scared to flee, she made it clear to Taylor that she did not want to have sex with him.
Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, has called Fierro’s lawsuit “a money grab” because of Taylor’s fame.
Taylor is expected to resume testifying on Thursday.
The identities of sexual assault victims are not reported by the media unless they agree to be named or identify themselves publicly, like Cristina Fierro has done.