Lawrence Taylor has been vindicated in his rape trail, as a jury found the NY Giants Hall of Famer not guilty.
Taylor left the courtroom smiling ear-to-ear and then proceeded to light up a cigar.
As reported by the Associated Press:
The jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan deliberated for about an hour before siding with Taylor, who appeared relieved as he turned around and gave a thumbs-up to a friend on a court bench behind him. Outside court, Taylor signed a copy of the verdict sheet belonging to his lawyer, Arthur Aidala, and then spoke about his future and his past.
Taylor said he wanted to go home to Broward County, Fla., and "concentrate on my own broken life and try to repair that…I've done a lot of things I need to address. I look forward to going home."
The verdict came after a four-day trial in which Taylor testified that he had sex with a "very, very pretty" prostitute in 2010 but denied accusations that he ignored obvious signs she was a teen runaway who had been beaten and forced to meet with him. He said she told him she was 19.
Hopefully Taylor learned his lesson and can continue on with his life - drama free.