Kraft's attorney asks judge to suppress spa videos: 'It's basically pornography'

Tanya Simon
April 17, 2019

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became the subject of Twitter memes and more importantly, a legal case after it was revealed that he was caught on camera, allegedly soliciting prostitution.

"It's basically pornography", Burch said in support of his motion to prevent release of the videos.

Seeing it would only serve "prurient interests" and get "eyeballs and clicks", which could taint the jury pool, he said.

Kraft was charged in February for paying money in exchange for sexual acts within the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., which authorities alleged was tied to a human trafficking ring.

Law enforcement officials maintain that the lack of human trafficking evidence will not have an impact on Kraft's case or any of the other men they say paid for illegal sex acts.

Kraft wasn't in court for Friday's hearing, WPEC-TV reports. Kraft was one of about 300 male customers charged in a multicounty investigation that also resulted in 10 massage parlors being closed and their owners charged with felony prostitution.

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Investigators initially said they were targeting human traffickers.

Burck said the previously highly publicized allegations of human trafficking by both police and State Attorney Dave Aronberg had amounted to "politicking" and that they added to potential harm to Kraft's privacy in releasing video evidence.

Florida prosecutors offered to drop misdemeanor charges against Kraft in exchange for fines, community service and an admission that he would be found guilty if he went to trial.

Instead, Judge Leonard Hanser asked all parties to submit proposed orders in the case by Tuesday.

The motion argues that the release of video evidence would "destroy any prospect" of a fair trial.

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