Florida prosecutors dropped a prostitution charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft after two courts ruled that the Secretly recorded video evidence violated the privacy rights of the 79-year-old billionaire and other defendants.
Palm Beach County Court records show the misdemeanor charges were dropped on Thursday.
"While there was likely a reason for arrest, the evidence cannot prove all of the legally required elements of the alleged crime and is not sufficient to support a criminal prosecution," Prosecutor David Aronberg wrote in a court document.
The Florida 4th District Court of Appeals found last month that the Jupiter police violated the rights of Kraft and others when they secretly installed video cameras in massage rooms at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in early 2019. The court then blocked the use of the video material on trial.
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was cleared from charges of prostitution in Florida after an appeals court ruled the 79-year-old billionaire and the rights of others were violated when police secretly taped her for allegedly for sex paid in a massage parlor
Investigators opened an investigation in Jupiter, Florida, which found that some men had allegedly visited the Orchids of Asia spa (pictured) for sexual activity
The unpublished video footage is the only alleged evidence of strength.
However, crimes against Orchids of Asia's spa owners and other employees charged with prostitution may continue as prosecutors obtained other evidence such as financial records in the case.
Kraft has requested through his lawyers that the videos be destroyed to prevent them from being published.
Kraft and others were charged in February 2019 on an investigation into massage parlors in multiple counties that included the secret installation of video cameras in spa's lobbies and rooms. Police say the records show Kraft and other men having sex with women and paying them.
According to police records, Kraft made two visits to the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida in a 24-hour period in January.
The first visit was on January 19, 2019, when Kraft reportedly received hand stimulation from 45-year-old spa manager Lei Wang and a 58-year-old spa worker named Shen Mingbi.
Neither Wang nor Mingbi are believed to have been trafficked.
According to the affidavit, Kraft paid both women with a $ 100 bill.
Both Wang and Mingbi are charged with prostitution.
The second visit was on January 20, 2019, just hours before Kraft flew to Kansas City for the AFC title game between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chief.
On that day, Kraft allegedly received oral sex from Wang, known as "Lulu". Kraft reportedly paid her with a $ 100 bill and another unidentified bill before leaving.
An appeals court found that Florida police violated the rights of Robert Kraft and other men when they set up cameras to secretly record in Orchids of Asia
Pictured: A massage room at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa & Massage, where Florida police arrested employees last year. The investigation did not reveal any trafficking in human beings
The NFL has insisted that Kraft receive no special treatment while dealing with his sexual advertising case.
Robert Kraft's wife Myra (left) died of cancer in 2011
& # 39; Our personal conduct policy applies to everyone in the NFL equally. We will deal with this claim in the same way as we will deal with any problems under the directive, ”said a statement after Kraft was charged.
& # 39; We strive to have a full understanding of the facts while making sure we don't disrupt ongoing law enforcement investigations. We will take appropriate action based on the facts when justified. & # 39;
Commissioner Roger Goodell could punish or suspend Kraft for activities involving this year's Super Bowl champions and there is likely to be a league investigation.
The NFL's personal code of conduct states that property and club or league management have traditionally been of a higher standard and discipline.
“It is not enough simply to avoid being convicted of a crime. We all adhere to a higher standard and need to act responsibly, promote NFL values and be lawful, ”it says.
Kraft reportedly visited Lei Wang (pictured), the spa manager, at Orchids of Asia on Jan. 19
Shen Migbi (pictured), a 58-year-old spa worker, may face charges after he was allegedly summoned by Robert Kraft, who dropped charges against him Thursday
ROBERT KRAFT & # 39; S sorry 2019
In view of the legal proceedings, I have been silent for the past few weeks. To correct some of the misinformation on the matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to take this opportunity to say something that I have been wanting to say for four weeks.
& # 39; I'm really sorry. I know that I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightly keep me at a higher level. Throughout my life I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I ever want to do is disrespect another person. I have an extraordinary respect for women; My morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, whom I had as a partner for 50 years.
“I hope that I can continue to use the platform I have been blessed with to help others and try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words but by my actions. And I hope that through these measures I will regain your trust and respect. & # 39;
Robert Kraft reportedly visited Orchids of Asia Spa to receive sexual acts from staff in 2019. One case allegedly happened just hours before the Super Bowl playoffs in 2019. Pictured: Kraft and his former girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander in 2019
Although he may not be legally guilty, Kraft apologized in March 2019: “I'm really sorry. I know that I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightly keep me at a higher level.
“Throughout my life I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I ever want to do is disrespect another person. I have an extraordinary respect for women; My morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, whom I had as a partner for 50 years. & # 39;
Kraft's wife Myra died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 68. The two were married in 1963 and had four children together.
In 2012 it became known that Kraft was dating actress and model Ricki Noel Lander, 39.
Lander gave birth to a child in 2017 and, despite speculation, Kraft has denied being the father.
The two competed together in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019, but various reports have described the couple's relationship as "every now and then".
Palm Beach County Court records show the misdemeanor charges were dropped on Thursday. "While there was likely a reason for arrest, the evidence cannot prove all of the legally required elements of the alleged crime and is not sufficient to support a criminal prosecution," Prosecutor David Aronberg wrote in a court document
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