Report: LT's Newest Defense -- Self-Satisfaction
Sources close to the former defensive star of the New York Giants told the website that Taylor will not deny that he was in the same room as a 16-year-old runaway, who was being presented as a prostitute at a hotel room in Montebello, N.Y., last week. Taylor, 51, was arraigned last Thursday on the rape charge as well as patronizing a prostitute.
However, according to TMZ, Taylor's lawyer, Arthur Aidala, will argue that there was no sexual intercourse -- an essential element in third-degree rape. One source told TMZ that Taylor will claim he instead engaged in a "masturbatory act." Taylor returns to court on June 10.
Multiple reports have stated that a used condom was found in the NFL legend's room after a search by arresting officers. TMZ, again citing sources, reported that Taylor's lawyer will argue that the condom did not belong to the Hall of Fame linebacker.
Taylor and his lawyer have maintained that Taylor had some contact with the girl, though there was no rape or sexual intercourse.
The man who allegedly set up Taylor on the now-infamous date, Rasheed Davis, 36, was charged with sex trafficking of a child last Friday. According to multiple reports, Aidala said that Taylor does not know Davis, who reportedly met the Bronx girl at a bus stop in the borough weeks ago and took her into his home. She had been reported missing by her family in March.
Citing the victim's 17-year-old sister, the New York Daily News reported last Friday that Taylor's date was arranged by a music producer who is a mutual friend of both Taylor and Davis. The sister told the newspaper that she did not know the producer's name.
"She said she had no choice but to go along with it," the sister said in the report. "She doesn't blame Mr. Taylor because he had no idea [she was a minor].
"... He relayed the message that Mr. Taylor was willing to pay $300 for a skinny Spanish girl. Since Rasheed knew my sister, he volunteered her for this. He forced her into becoming a prostitute that night."
Taylor's story has remained consistent, at least to the point that he never had full sexual intercourse with the girl.
Multiple reports have stated that Taylor told arresting officers at the scene that he "met with a female" and after "engaging in sex acts," paid her $300. Davis also reportedly sent a text message to the girl last Wednesday in which he told her he wanted her to have sex with "Client-1" -- which reportedly turned out to be Taylor -- for $300.
It's the girl's story that has changed, at least according to the Daily News. Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper reported Thursday that the alleged victim told a friend that she did not have intercourse with Taylor, suggesting that he instead engaged in the aforementioned masturbatory act.
"She starts explaining that it was weird because she didn't even have sex," the girl's friend told investigators, according to the newspaper's source. "When she got back in the car, she wasn't mad or anything like that. She was like, 'Wow' -- she got paid $300 and didn't have to have sex with him."
The victim, however, told the Daily News the opposite Tuesday. The girl said she and Taylor "definitely had intercourse," and that he paid her $300 in cash when they were done. "If he's saying we didn't, that's not true," she told the newspaper.