New England Patriots owner to reject plea deal on prostitution charges

Elena Summers
March 22, 2019

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn said a motion filed Wednesday by Kraft's attorneys is meant to make sure the video, which he said has been described as "graphic and damning", never is released.

Because of Florida law, law enforcement officials expect that the video could be made public, but Quinn wrote that Kraft is expected to file a motion requesting that the videos remain sealed (which he did on Wednesday); if Kraft or others reach diversion agreements, the videos would be sealed anyway.

Florida prosecutors are offering to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others charged with soliciting prostitution in February, as first reported by Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal.

An investigative reporter for ESPN stated that Kraft's legal team filed a motion to suppress video evidence in the case. "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity", his spokesman said.

Kraft was charged last month after he visited a Florida massage parlor and allegedly paid for sex acts the weekend of the AFC Championship Game.

It was unclear at the time of the WSJ report whether Kraft would be open to accepting the deal, and now there's another report that says he isn't.

The 77-year-old Kraft's arraignment is set for March 28.

Kraft has since turned down a plea deal that would require him admit that he would be found guilty if taken to court as well as to complete a course about prostitution, 100 hours of community service and submit to an STD test.

"She also claimed that neither Trump nor New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were clients while she owned the spa".

The investigation has targeted storefront day spas in Jupiter and in Martin and Indian River counties that has led to arrests both of people who ran the businesses and the men who used them.

Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, January 19 and January 20.

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