The civil trial of NFL star Lawrence Taylor started this week. Lawence Taylor played in the NFL for 13 seasons and won two Super Bowls. Teen Cristina Fierro is personally suing the NFL Hall of Famer in order to hold him accountable for sexual assault. Back in in 2010, according to CBSSports.com, Taylor previously “pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute for having sex with her in 2010 and is serving six years of probation.”
The teen, Cristina Fierro, told the Manhattan jury that she didn’t recognize NFL star Lawrence Taylor when she was forcibly brought to him by another man. Lawrence Taylor was naked on a bed in a hotel room in Montebello, New York. Fierro began crying as she graphically described her sexual episode with Taylor.
“He said I had nice curly hair like his wife,” Fierro recalled. Taylor began massaging her and complimenting her on her beauty.
Fierro then snuck off to the bathroom to make a secret phone call to her uncle, who told her to dial 911. She followed this advise, saying she was “waiting for shadows to come and banging on the door to come get me.” The police never arrived.
Returning to the bed, Fierro said Lawrence Taylor forced himself on top of her. She tried to push him away, but it “felt like I wasn’t making a difference because of how big he was compared to me.”
Fierro tried complaining that it was her “first time,” and Lawrence Taylor replied, “Just relax.” About the sex itself, she testified, “It was really rough and painful.” Several months later she became suicidal and required medications. Fierro finished her description of the sexual assault, saying that Taylor “just pulled out money and said, `Here, can you turn the TV off on your way out?’ ”
Fierro then returned to the man who had brought her to have sex with Taylor for $300. The police were waiting at the man’s Bronx home, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Lawrence Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, said in his opening statement that “Taylor never used violence, never threatened Fierro and thought she was sent by a friend who offered ‘female companionship.’ ” Aidala noted that Taylor “did have sex with a woman who was 16 years, 11 months and three weeks old.” Taylor thought Fierro was 19 at the time.
“I am not condoning what he did,” Aidala said. “It’s a crime he’s been punished for.” The lawyer accursed Fierro of making a “money grab” because of Lawrence Taylor’s NFL fame.
The civil trial of Lawrence Taylor will continue through the rest of the week.