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Friday, September 20, 2019

Articles tagged: Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft shown on jumbotron at Bruins game

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There are some videos Robert Kraft doesn’t mind going public.

The New England Patriots owner attended Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues. He was even shown on the big screen at TD Garden waving a towel in support of the B’s.

The Bruins won the game 4-2 to take 1-0 series lead. They’re looking to complete the championship trifecta for the city. The Red Sox won the World Series in the fall, the Patriots won the Super Bowl in February, and now the Bruins are aiming for the Stanley Cup in June. ONly the Celtics fell short.

As for Kraft, this is some positive publicity for him after all the attention over the massage parlor video.

Judge rules Robert Kraft spa video cannot be used in court

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft scored a major victory in his solicitation of prositution case on Monday, as a judge ruled that the video of him allegedly receiving illegal sex acts inside a day spa in Florida cannot be used as evidence in the trial.

A judge ruled that investigators illegally obtained the video evidence against Kraft, which is why it cannot be used.

Schefter’s colleague TJ Quinn adds that Kraft’s lawyers will now likely file a motion to have the case dismissed, as prosecutors had cited the surveillance footage as their main evidence all along.

Kraft has already successfully blocked the release of the spa video to the public, and this should prevent it from ever coming out — legally at least. Two women who run the day spa that Kraft went to filed court documents last month claiming prosecutors have already leaked the video and it is being shopped to media outlets. Kraft’s lawyers have built their case around the idea that the surveillance footage was illegally obtained.

Kraft is facing two charges of solicitation of prostitution, and he has already rejected a plea deal that would have seen the charges dropped. The case has taken a significant turn from where it began, and it appears more likely than ever that the charges will be dismissed.

Robert Kraft successfully blocks release of spa video (for now)

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft scored a significant victory in his case on Tuesday, and the court ruling will prevent the infamous footage of him engaging in sexual activity at a spa from being released — at least for the time being.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a judge has granted a protective order stating that the alleged video of Kraft at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., cannot be released to the public until the case is over, as it would jeopardize the 77-year-old’s right to a fair trial. While that means prosecutors will not be able to use the potential release of the footage as leverage to get Kraft to agree to a plea deal, it does not guarantee that the video will never be released.

The judge’s order only states that the footage cannot be made public until an agreement is reached in the case or prosecutors drop the charges. While Kraft’s legal team will likely fight to keep it from ever seeing the light of day, it seems highly unlikely that they will be successful.

Two women who run the day spa that Kraft went to filed court documents this month claiming prosecutors have already leaked the video and it is being shopped to media outlets. Kraft’s lawyers have been arguing all along that the surveillance footage was illegally obtained.

Kraft is facing two charges of solicitation of prostitution, and he has already rejected a plea deal that would have seen the charges dropped. While the case seems to have taken a significant turn from where it began, prosectors remain confident that they have enough evidence against Kraft and the other individuals involved.

Alleged masseuse in Robert Kraft case arrested on prostitution charges

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Prosecutors in Florida are continuing to build their case against Robert Kraft and numerous other individuals that were allegedly involved in a prositution scandal at a day spa, and a new arrest was made this week.

According to jail records obtained by 12 News in Jupiter, Fla., 58-year-old Shen Mingbi has been arrested on multiple prositution-related charges that include one count of living off the earnings from prostitution and eight counts of offer to commit or engage in prostitution. Mingbi had been under surveillance back in February when she made a cash deposit at a bank, and police obtained a wage and hour report on her that showed no income reported to the state of Florida. A search warrant for her safety deposit box at the bank uncovered $43,800 in cash.

The arrest comes a week after police arrested 43-year-old Lei Chen on similar charges. Both women are accused of performing illegal sex acts on men — including Kraft — at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Kraft’s legal team has been fighting to block the spa video from being released, and attorneys for the spa workers are doing the same. They have accused investigators of illegally leaking the footage before a judge permitted it.

Kraft is facing two charges of solicitation of prostitution, and the 77-year-old has already rejected a plea deal that would have seen the charges dropped. While the case seems to have taken a significant turn from where it began, prosectors remain confident that they have enough evidence against Kraft and the other individuals involved.

Masseuses in Robert Kraft case claim prosecutors illegally leaked video

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Robert Kraft’s legal team has been working to prevent an alleged video of the New England Patriots owner engaging in sexual activity at a day spa from being released to the public, but it sounds like they are losing the battle.

TMZ reports that the two women who run the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., Hua Zhang and Lei Wang, have filed court documents seeking emergency action to prevent footage that was taken of Kraft and workers at the spa from being released. The documents state that the video is currently being shopped to various media outlets, and the only “logical conclusion” is that it was leaked by someone working for either the Jupiter Police Department or Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

Attorneys for Zhang and Wang are asking a judge to hold the law enforcement groups in criminal contempt, as they say the release of the footage would “egregiously jeopardize their rights to a fair trial.”

Kraft has claimed the footage was illegally obtained by investigators, while prosecutors are reportedly planning to release it and believe the public has a right to view it. A judge is expected to rule on whether or not the footage can be released in the near future.

Kraft is facing two charges of solicitation of prostitution, and the 77-year-old has already rejected a plea deal that would have seen the charges dropped. While the case seems to have taken a significant turn from where it began, prosectors remain confident that they have enough evidence against Kraft and the other individuals involved.

Report: People close to Robert Kraft in disbelief he hasn’t taken plea deal

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Robert Kraft is determined to beat the solicitation of prostitution charges against him, and there are apparently even some people in the New England Patriots owner’s inner circle who believe he is dragging the case out too long.

Despite prosecutors having video evidence that Kraft engaged in sexual activity at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla., the 77-year-old has entered a not guilty plea and rejected a plea deal from prosecutors several weeks ago. ESPN’s TJ Quinn, who has covered the case extensively, said during an appearance on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan Show” Thursday that some people close to Kraft are surprised he hasn’t waved the white flag.

“There are people around him who have said to me they can’t believe he doesn’t just take this plea agreement, this diversion agreement that they offered and say, ‘OK, fine, I did this. I am sorry.’ And then move on with it,” Quinn said. “They are pretty amazed that he’s going to continue to fight it like this.”

The plea deal offered to Kraft would have essentially required him to admit guilt in exchange for having all of the charges against him dropped. Kraft’s powerful legal team is fighting to have the case thrown out based on on the grounds that the footage from inside the spa was illegally obtained, among other arguments.

Even if Kraft somehow beats the charges, prosecutors are planning to release the video footage. Kraft’s lawyers are trying to prevent that from happening, but they are fighting an uphill battle. The Patriots owner’s image has taken a hit no matter what, which is probably why some close to him are surprised he doesn’t just apologize and move on.

You could make the argument that prosecutors have already botched the case with some of the turns it has taken, but that doesn’t really help Kraft’s reputation. It would make sense for him to just take the hit and try to move on.

Robert Kraft day spa video will reportedly be released by prosecutors

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The Robert Kraft surveillance video will be released, according to court statements from the prosecution, as reported by the Boston Globe. Prosecutors are taking the position that they must do so because of Florida law.

From the Boston Globe:

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office said in court papers it is obligated under Florida law to provide the video to the public and the media now and cannot wait for a judge to decide whether it should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Last week, Robert Kraft’s legal team argued against the release of the police surveillance video of Kraft allegedly involved in sexual acts.

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

If I may file an amicus curiae request, let me just say that no one really needs to see this. I’d rather leave it to my imagination that if it was “basically pornography,” it just involves Kraft showing up in a cheap pizza delivery costume with some bad music in the background.