This could be a SHAKEDOWN or a set-up, but Patriots owner Bob Kraft has been CHARGED with soliciting PROSTITUTION at a Florida Spa!
Kraft was charged today on two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection to a recent law enforcement bust on massage parlors in Florida that, according to law enforcement, were used for prostitution and human trafficking. The news comes a few weeks after the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl and days after Kraft appeared at the NBA All-Star game.
In a press conference Friday morning, Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and that a warrant for his arrest is with the state’s attorney’s office and will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts. Kerr said there is video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts in a massage parlor on two occasions. Twenty-five people total were charged with soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter.
Answering a questions about the fees at Orchids of Asia, Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp, the lead detective on the case, said the fee for 30 minutes was $59 dollars, or $79 for an hour. He did not specify what Kraft paid. He said Kraft was driven to the spa.
According to public records, Kraft owns a home at The Breakers, a luxury resort in Palm Beach, about 20 miles south of Jupiter. In a statement issued to media outlets, a spokesman for Kraft said, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.” [Deadspin]
Police say they have filed a complaint against Kraft and say that Kraft has been charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. They also say he was caught on video evidence inside one of the spas.
“He was a regular at this spa,” police said.
The charge is a misdemeanor and police say the state attorney in Palm Beach County is handling the case.
A spokesperson for Robert Kraft has released the following statement:
Statement from a spokesperson for Robert Kraft:
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
Friday afternoon the NFL released a statement on Robert Kraft, saying “The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”
Kraft lives in Brookline, Mass. and also owns a home in Palm Beach, Florida.