Judge Rules Alleged Robert Kraft Video Can’t Be Used As Evidence

Ross Houston
May 14, 2019

Prosecutors in Robert Kraft's prostitution case can not use secretly recorded footage allegedly showing the New England Patriots owner being serviced sexually at a Florida massage parlor, a judge ruled Monday.

The video could have been key evidence against Kraft, who faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution on January 19 and 20 at Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida, along with some two dozen other men.

Hanser said the Jupiter Police Department and the judge who issued the search warrant did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who received legitimate massages. ESPN's T.J. Quinn believes the judge's ruling torpedoes the case against Kraft. Kraft's lawyers did not return requests for comment.

Prosecutors argued during a recent hearing that the warrant obtained to install the cameras was legal and aimed at stopping a felony-level prostitution operation.

Prosecutors were hoping to use the video to win a conviction against Kraft and at least and 25 other men, whom they have charged with solicitation.

Jupiter was part of a multicounty investigation of massage parlor prostitution and possible human trafficking that resulted in the arrests of about 300 men and the closure of 10 spas stretching 130 miles (210 kilometers) from Palm Beach to Orlando.

Hanser had already ruled that the Kraft videos can not be released publicly until his trial is underway or the case is settled or dismissed.

The news for Kraft comes months after the Patriots won their record-matching sixth super bowl title in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

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