Lawrence Taylor Wife Says Rape Charge Is ‘Setup’

After the news hit today that Lawrence Taylor was arrested overnight at a hotel in Suffern, NY., and charged with statutory rape, the WALL STREET JOURNAL contacted Taylor’s current wife Lynette Taylor.

Lawrence Taylor Mugshot

Reached on her cellphone, Taylor’s wife Lynette said, “Im watching the news just like you. That’s it. I’m watching the news just like you.” Asked if she’d had any contact with her husband since the early morning arrest, Mrs. Taylor said a third time, “I’m watching the news just like you. Have a good day.”

An hour or so later, after Lynette was contacted by, she had a change a heart about expressing her opinion on the situation.

Lawrence Taylor’s wife is standing by her man while he faces allegations of rape — telling TMZ she believes the entire incident is one big “setup.”

TMZ just spoke with Lynette Taylor — LT’s 3rd wife — who tells us the allegations are “all bullsh*t.”

As for why she suspects a setup, Lynette claims that the timing of the arrest is suspicious because it came just days after LT was featured on an A&E documentary called “Fame and Recovery” which she believes “made him out to be a monster.”

Lynette wouldn’t expand on who she thought could be behind such a plot, but she was adamant that the timing of the show and the arrest were no coincidence.

Lynette’s response doesn’t contain any facts about the case, so perhaps she isn’t privy to exactly what happened.

What’s more interesting to me about her response is why she would turn down a venerable journalistic institution like the WALL STREET JOURNAL for comment but then provide candid remarks about the case to tabloid

Taylor’s attorney was also in touch with after the arrest:

TMZ spoke with LT’s lawyer, Kenneth Gribetz, who tells us Taylor is adamant that he’s not guilty.

Gribetz also tells us LT — who is still behind bars in the Town of Ramapo — is “extremely upset about the situation.”

Additionally, TMZ reports:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Lawrence Taylor’s accuser told police that the NFL legend paid her $300 for sex.

If TMZ’s source is correct, it’s interesting that police have only so far confirmed that Taylor has been charged with third degree rape and not soliciting prostitution.

UPDATE (9:49p ET): reports Thursday evening:

Lynette Taylor was supposed to appear on King’s show via satellite from Florida … but she just 86′d the interview … we’re told her husband’s legal team has something to do with it.