Lawrence Taylor appeared in court today and entered a plea of not guilty to third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering a child.
As we noted this morning, the not guilty plea came as no surprise, as lawyer Arthur Aidala had already said publicly that Taylor will fight the charges, and claims he did not have sex with the 16-year-old girl in question.
Taylor spoke briefly to reporters outside court, although he did not discuss the facts of the case. When one reporter asked him if he was guilty, Taylor responded, “Grow up.”
Inside the courthouse, as Taylor waited for his case to be called, he was heard looking at the gathering of reporters and saying, “It must be a slow news day.” He also said to a friend, “You’re not playing golf today, are you?”
Aidala told reporters that Taylor is doing well, considering the circumstances.
“Mr. Taylor is very much looking forward to going forward, putting this behind him, and going on to live his life,” Aidala said. “His family is very supportive of him; his business colleagues are very supportive of him.”
If convicted, Taylor faces up to four years in prison.