The owner of NFL team New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, was charged with soliciting prostitution, Florida authorities announced on Friday. Police also said they have a video evidence of Kraft in action.
NBC News reports that Kraft was among a group of around 25 people arrested, as part of a bust carried out by authorities investigating human trafficking. Kraft now faces two misdemeanor counts of solicitation, stemming from an incident at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter. He was not involved in human trafficking, police said.
It’s unclear how much time Kraft spent at the spa, but customers typically pay $79 for an hour and $59 for 30 minutes. According to Jupiter Detective Andrew Sharp, evidence suggested Kraft was likely a “regular” at the spa.
Video evidences reportedly shows Kraft on the receiving end of sexual acts at the spa. Police said the spa presented itself as a legal massage parlor as a cover for illegal prostitution practices.
A spokesperson for Kraft said the team owner denies taking part in anything illegal at the spa.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” the spokesperson said.
Kerr added that a chauffeur driver reportedly took Kraft to the spa and picked him up, but the driver won’t face charges, New York Post reports.
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[Feature Photo: Robert Kraft via AP/Ben Margot]