Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, won’t star the latest sex video on the internet after a judge ordered that video evidence of alleged illegal activities in a massage parlor be destroyed.
A Florida federal judge ruled that video footage with Kraft and several others must be deleted after police surveillance of a massage parlor allegedly involved in prostitution and human trafficking was found to be illegal.
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A misconduct charge against Kraft, chairman and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group, was dropped last year after an appeals court ruled that Kraft video evidence was inadmissible. Kraft legal representatives had argued that they feared footage could get onto the Internet, which would be an extremely embarrassing problem for their client.
“In view of the fact that the videos should never have been produced after binding and conclusive court decisions, the videos should be destroyed so that they can never be intentionally or otherwise misused,” explained his lawyers.
Kraft, 79, was among several people indicted in a full February 2019 investigation into massage parlors who were suspected of engaging in illegal activities with their clients.
Police monitored multiple locations, including installing hidden cameras in lobbies and massage rooms. Authorities identified Kraft as suspected of paying for sexual activities with massage parlor workers.
The incidents are said to have occurred on consecutive days in January 2019 at the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
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Kraft pleaded not guilty to the charges but made a public apology.
“I’m really sorry. I know that I’ve hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who are right to keep me at a higher level,” he said.
The Florida court also ruled that a “neutral third party” will oversee the destruction of the offending evidence.