Lawrence Taylor indicted on rape charges in NY

Former New York Giants player Lawrence Taylor waves to fans during a half-time ceremony at an NFL football game between the Giants and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. The game was to be the Giants' last game in Giants Stadium. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

June 23, 2010 9:24:27 AM PDT
Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse. The indictment Wednesday comes after his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn. Prosecutors say he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him.

The former New York Giant was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the 16-year-old told investigators that she had been verbally threatened and physically assaulted. She said she was brought to the hotel room by a pimp later arrested by New York City police.

Taylor has denied the charges. His attorney did not respond to calls seeking comment.