Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with solicting prostitution

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft speaks to fans during the first half of the NBA All-Star game Sunday. Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton
New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft speaks to fans during the first half of the NBA All-Star game Sunday.

February 22, 2019 12:04 PM

Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.

Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.

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The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta. The team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

ABC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach reports Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr confirmed Friday that Kraft was among those being charged as a result of an eight-month, multi-agency investigation.

Five day spas were targeted: Cove Day Spa and Therapy Spa in Stuart, Bridge Day Spa and Sequoia Apple Day Spa in Hobe Sound, and Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

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."

Kraft's wife Myra Hiatt died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

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