Robert Kraft video evidence to remain sealed for time being, judge rules

Ross Houston
April 24, 2019

The public won't be seeing videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly receiving sex at a Jupiter day spa until his case is resolved, a circuit court judge said.

The billionaire owner of the six-time Super Bowl champions is among dozens of men accused of soliciting prostitution inside Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

Jupiter Police Department and the State Attorney's Office are not allowed to release the videos, the judge ruled.

In a separate matter, Kraft's attorneys were seeking to suppress the video on grounds that it was an invasion of privacy and that the search warrant to install the cameras was obtained using untrue statements indicating that investigators had found potential evidence of human trafficking.

According to a Jupiter police affidavit, Shen was one of two women secretly recorded performing sex acts on Kraft during a January 19 visit to the spa.

On Tuesday, a Palm Beach County judge ruled the surveillance video of Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa can not be released.

In court Tuesday morning, Mingbi was visibly emotional as a judge set her bond at $5,000.

Police had Mingbi under surveillance in February when detectives saw her make a cash deposit at the Bank of America in the Jupiter Square Plaza, according to CBS affiliate WPEC.

Mingbi Shen, 58, of Flushing, New York, faces one count of deriving support from prostitution and eight counts of offering to commit prostitution stemming from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa investigation.

Judge Joseph Marx declined to issue sanctions against either agency, but did ask them to report back to him to determine if the video was leaked from any law enforcement servers.

This is a developing story.

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