New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to solicitation of prostitution charges

28 Feb

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, has pleaded not guilty to two solicitation of prostitution charges in court in Florida.

The billionaire also requested a non-jury trial, according to court records.

The 77-year-old celebrated on the pitch after the Patriots won the Super Bowl in Atlanta

A published court document read: “The defendant, Robert Kraft, hereby pleads not guilty to all charges and requests a non-jury trial in the above-styled cause.”

As part of a bust in Jupiter, Florida, Kraft was allegedly involved in two incidents last month at the Orchids of Day Spa.

The charge is a first-degree misdemeanour and is punishable by up to a year in jail, a $5,000 (£3,770) fine and 100 hours of community service.

In a statement released last week, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

The Patriots owner’s arraignment is set for March 27.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with two counts of ‘soliciting prostitution’ in Florida

22 Feb

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution.

As part of a bust in Jupiter, Florida Kraft was allegedly involved in two incidents last month at the Orchids of Day Spa.

Kraft celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy last month

Reports suggest there is video evidence of both visits showing the Patriots owner in the act, but he has not been arrested.

The 77-year-old is one of 25 people involved in the prostitution bust who will be charged by Jupiter Police and a warrant will be issued for the billionaire and his attorney’s will be notified.

Human trafficking and prostitution is reportedly rife in spas of this nature across the West Palm Beach County.

About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected.

The 77-year-old celebrated on the pitch after the Patriots won the Super Bowl in Atlanta

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

“Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”

The Patriots won the Super Bowl in Atlanta last month by defeating the LA Rams 13-3.