According to his lawyers, Lawrence Taylor IS NOT guilty of raping the 16-year-old prostitute because he did not have sex with her. Admittedly, this makes sense.
As one source deep within the scandal put it, Lawrence engaged in a "masturbatory act" and that was it. Ex-NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Is Arrested For Rape
And the condom in the trashcan that TMZ earlier reported? Well, it simply wasn't his, which does indeed jive with the original criminal complaint where authorities alleged that Taylor engaged in "sex acts" but with no mention of sexual intercourse.
Ahh, the masturbation defense.
Per the legal team at TMZ:
According to New York law, "A person is guilty of rape in the third degree when ... he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than seventeen years old."
Interestingly ... in the criminal complaint against the alleged pimp, authorities allege Taylor engaged in "sex acts" but there is not mention of sexual intercourse -- a requirement for 3rd degree rape. [Source: TMZ]
As vile as it is that a grown man would masturbate in front of a teenager, we have to admit that it is, indeed, not rape.