New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida.
“He is one of the individuals — that would be Mr. Robert Kraft,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said at a press conference Friday morning announcing 25 arrests in a prostitution sting centering on the Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution based on two separate visits. The charges are misdemeanors.
“We’re as equally stunned as everybody else,” Kerr said.
A spokesperson for Kraft released a statement Friday, saying, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
Police said the times that Kraft visited the spa, he was driven by another person. That person’s name has not been released, and will be included in the probable cause affidavit.
Detective Andrew Sharp, the lead detective on the case, said he could not provide an exact dollar amount that Kraft paid, but there is a specific number for different time frames. He said the price for 30 minutes was $59, and $79 for an hour. Sharp said he couldn’t say how long Kraft was there or how he paid.
He said video obtained by police showed the act that took place on every person who was arrested.
“The question was does the video contain Mr. Kraft inside receiving the alleged acts. The answer to that is yes,” Sharp said.
As Kraft is not a Florida resident, police said a warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Police said they have not had contact with Kraft.
More to come.
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