Lawrence Taylor, NFL Hall of Famer, wins civil case over hotel sex with teen

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor on Sept. 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. File, Tom Berg/NFLPhotoLibrary

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor won the lawsuit against him Friday that tried to hold him accountable for having sex with a 16-year-old girl in a New York hotel room.

Taylor gave a thumbs-up to a friend in the spectator area when the jury announced its verdict.

NFL Hall of Famer acknowledged he had sex in 2010 with a prostitute, but he denied that he ignored obvious signs she was a teen runaway in distress.

The woman, now 19, claimed that an abusive pimp forced her to have sex with Taylor for $300. She sued Taylor, seeking unspecified damages. The encounter occurred in a hotel room in Montebello, just north of New York City.

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