In 2010, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor faced charges of statutory rape, for having sex with an underaged prostitute. Taylor pleaded guilty to reduced charges, and he’s serving a sentence of six years of probation.
But the plea deal didn’t resolve civil charges. The woman sued Taylor for for sexual assault, and the trial commenced on Tuesday in New York, according to the Associated Press.
Taylor’s lawyer denies that any violence was involved, calling the lawsuit a “money grab.” The victim testified on Tuesday that the encounter was “rough and painful.”
Taylor faces compensatory and punitive damages. Unlike a criminal case, he will not be protected by the Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination. Thus, to win, he’ll have to tell his version of the events under oath.