- Prosecutors can not use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case charging him with soliciting prostitutes.
Judge Leonard Hanser of Florida issued a 10-page ruling, in which he said that Kraft had "a reasonable, subjective expectation of privacy", and that police "did not satisfy constitutional requirements", when they installed cameras in the spa.
The 77-year-old Kraft has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute. Hanser explained that the police didn't do enough to protect the privacy of individuals who were receiving lawful massages.
Kraft's attorneys declined comment. Attorneys for the billionaire, per USA Today, are expected to use Monday's ruling to argue that the video should continue to be kept under wraps.
Kraft was one of nearly 300 men who were charged in February with paying for sex acts following police busts at 10 massage parlors that stretched from the Palm Beach area to Orlando. Neither Kraft nor the 24 other men charged in the county were specifically targeted.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was implicated in a prostitution sting at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa back in February.
ESPN's T.J. Quinn speculated that the development would lead to Kraft's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss the case due to lack of evidence.
Aronberg's office has not yet said how it will handle the two new legal challenges prosecutors face in the Kraft case.
The news for Kraft comes months after the Patriots won their record-matching sixth super bowl title in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Hanser has ordered Kraft to appear in court for a May 21 pretrial hearing.
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