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Former New York Giants linebacker great and NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor avoided prison time last spring for his sexual encounter with a teenager, but now it appears he could be out of some money.
The victim, who was 16-years-old at the time of the encounter in 2010, filed a suit in federal court in New York against Taylor on Monday. According to the Associated Press, she is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
"I am very upset about what Mr. Taylor did to me," Fierro said during a news conference Monday. "I feel as though he should be accountable for his crimes and misconduct toward me."
In a plea deal during the criminal trial, Taylor admitted to having paid Cristina Fierro for $300 for sex. He was found guilty of a misdemeanor for sexual misconduct and was sentenced to six years probation as part of this plea deal.
The ex-linebacker, who led the New York Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991, also had to register as a Level I sex offender. His name won’t appear on public sex offender registry lists as he was given a low-level ranking.
"I feel as though he should be accountable for his crimes and misconduct toward me," Fierro said at a news conference Monday with her celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred by her side.
But it doesn’t appear Taylor is ready to cave in. He has contended he was told Fierro was of age when he paid to have sex with her. His attorneys are threatening to reveal disparaging information about the victim if she carries through with the lawsuit.
Fierro said she had been beaten by Rasheed Davis, the pimp who was later sentenced for arranging Fierro to have sex with Taylor. Davis was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one federal count of facilitating the interstate travel of another to engage in a commercial sex act, writes the Associated Press. He is not named in the civil suit, but Allred says he could be added later.
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