Cristina Fierro, the Bronx teenager forced to have sex with Hall of Fame New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor last May for $300 at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, Rockland County, New York, filed suit in Manhattan federal court on Monday, according to reports.
ESPN.com reports she is seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial.
Fierro sued under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which Fierro's lawyer, Gloria Allred, believes is the first time the act had been used to sue a buyer of commercial sex. In a statement read at a news conference at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, according to the New York Daily News, Fierro, with Allred by her side, said that she was trafficked across state lines against her will and through the use of force and coercion.
Taylor ended up only getting six years' probation, but Fierro believed that wasn't enough.
I was glad Mr. Taylor was prosecuted, but I feel as though he should have gone to jail to think about what he has done to me, Fierro said. I am very hurt because of what I was forced to do against my own will with Mr. Taylor in that room that night. It is something that is always going to be with me.
Initially charged with third-degree rape, among other counts, Taylor was sentenced to six years' probation and had to register as a sex-offender under a deal to plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. After first claiming to be the victim of a setup, he later admitted paying Fierro for sex but said he didn't know she was underage.
Taylor was declared a low-risk offender in April, which means that there would be no photo of him on public online registries.
Fierro, who was only 16 when the crime occurred, had also made a statement outside his sentencing hearing in March of this year saying the same thing she said Monday-that Taylor deserved jail time.
I feel he was never sorry for what he did to me, Fierro said in her statement. No girl deserves to be taken advantage of, and I hope to be the voice of girls and young women out there who have been sexually exploited as a result of sex trafficking.
As part of the investigation that led to charges against Taylor, Rasheed Davis was sentenced to seven years in prison in August after pleading guilty to transporting a minor for paid sex. However, according to ESPN.com, he is not being sued, but Allred said he could still be added as a defendant in the case.
Arthur Aidala, Taylor's lawyer, said in a statement to reporters that because of the suit, Taylor and other witnesses will have to reveal the rather disparaging truth about Ms. Fierro.