Kraft cleared of sex charge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex.
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said during an online press conference that without the video recordings of Kraft, 79, and two dozen other men paying for sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict them.
Kraft’s attorneys declined immediate comment. He could still face suspension or other punishment from the National Football League. The NFL did not respond to a request for comment and the Patriots declined comment. Shortly after being charged, Kraft issued an apology for his actions.
Aronberg said that even though the charges were dropped against the spa’s customers, no one should doubt what occurred there. He said rich men from a local country club “lined up” to purchase sex at the spa, which was in a suburban shopping center near a supermarket, restaurants and other businesses.
The recordings, which have not been made public, are the only known evidence the men paid for sex. Of the other men charged, 19 cases were dropped.
Kraft and the others were charged in February 2019 in a multicounty investigation of massage parlors. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them.