The solicitation of prostitution case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now has a new court date. This after Palm Beach County Court made public the notice to appear that shows Kraft has been summoned to be in court on Thursday March 28th, at 9 am.
There had been some debate earlier in the day with the wording of the notice of hearing having in bold letters, “THE DEFENDANT MUST BE PRESENT AT THIS HEARING” that Kraft would have to be present in the courtroom on that day.
However WBZ-TV in Boston spoke to Kraft’s attorney, Jack Goldberger, Thursday morning, who told them that it’s a routine procedural hearing and that Kraft’s presence is actually not required:
Update: Despite language in newly filed document, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is allowed to be represented by his attorney at his March 28 arraignment. https://t.co/5bE0qLucPx
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) March 7, 2019
Kraft is in the middle of yet another Patriots controversy after being charged in February with two counts of soliciting prostitution at the “Orchids of Asia” massage parlor in a Jupiter strip mall from January.
The Jupiter Police Department along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had a wide-ranging joint effort to Crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking at several locations going on in South Florida.
They were able to obtain a warrant to do video surveillance inside the Jupiter massage parlor, where Kraft is reportedly to have visited on two occasions back-to-back days. Saturday, January 19th, was the first day authorities allege Kraft had two different women perform oral sex acts on him before paying and leaving.
And, then he returned on Sunday the 20th and had another session with a single woman, who also allegedly performed an oral sex act on him and again, he paid her and left.
If that second date sounds familiar, it’s because the New England Patriots were playing the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City later that evening. New England won that game and their sixth Super Bowl title two weeks later in Atlanta.
Palm Beach State attorney David Aronberg confirmed that the date in question is correct to reporters last month. And that, in addition to the video surveillance, an undercover Jupiter police detective verified Kraft’s presence in the massage parlor by witnessing him exit it into his waiting automobile and verifying him through his license tag.
As we reported in February, the Jupiter police got a warrant to install the video surveillance in the massage parlor on January 15th and surveilled it for five days from January 18th through the 22nd. Aronberg further detailed then, that there were warrants issued for 25 different individuals, who had either already been arrested or they were actively seeking their arrest.
Kraft’s spokesperson vehemently denied the charges in a statement at the time and there has been no further comment from the 77 year-old longtime owner of the Patriots. Kraft’s net worth with his other business interests and the ownership of the Patirots and Gillette Stadium is valued at over $6 Billion.
The NFL released a statement saying that they are monitoring the events surround the arrest warrant and the charges against Kraft. He is subject to league discipline under the personal conduct policy.
As we have previously detailed, the league suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for 6 games and fined him $500,00 dollars in 2014 after he pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drug charges.
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