The former New York Giants superstar was sentenced to six years’ probation last year (11) after pleading guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and soliciting a hooker following allegations he bedded then-16-year-old runaway Cristina Fierro in a Ramapo, New York hotel.
The girl, now 19, subsequently filed suit against Taylor for assault and battery, claiming he forced her into having sex with him, and the case went to court in Manhattan this week (begs22Oct12).
Jurors began deliberations on Friday (26Oct12) but it took them just 50 minutes to return a verdict, ruling the sex was consensual and clearing Taylor of the violence allegations.
Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom following his legal victory, 53-year-old Taylor said, “I feel for what she’s gone through. I wasn’t a bad person… I hope the best for her. Now, it’s time to go back and concentrate on my own broken life.”