Florida prosecutors plan to release video in Robert Kraft solicitation case

Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft's lawyers described the surveillance footage as pornography. (Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI file photo)

JUPITER, Fla. (UPI) — South Florida prosecutors said they plan to release video evidence of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a day spa — images his lawyers described as pornographic.

The office of Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said it will publicly release the video of Kraft and 24 other men accused of paying for sex at the spa.

Kraft, 77, is accused of soliciting a prostitute on at least two occasions at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., earlier this year. Officials said the encounters occurred at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, about 80 miles north of Miami. He has denied wrongdoing.

Police had a warrant to place the business under video surveillance, and authorities say video evidence of Kraft’s two visits is in the hands of prosecutors.

On Friday, Kraft’s lawyer said video evidence against his client should be kept from public view because his right to privacy should be held in higher regard than whatever “prurient interest” the public might have in seeing the videos.

“If the affidavit says what happened, what is the interest the public has in seeing it? It’s basically pornography,” Kraft’s lawyer, William Burck, said.

Aronberg’s office said it must release videos purporting to show illegal acts at the space because of Florida’s open-records laws.

“Absent a court order, the state will be releasing the requested public records once it has retrieved and reviewed the records,” prosecutors said in a court filing.

Prosecutors indicated they would pixelate or blur any obscene or pornographic images in the videos before releasing them.

Kraft pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor solicitation charge and requested a jury trial in Florida. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

Reporting by Danielle Haynes

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