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Robert Kraft’s lawyers say spa video is ‘pornography’ and shouldn’t be released

4/13/2019 8:39:35 AM
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Releasing alleged video evidence of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft inside a Florida spa is “basically pornography” and would give him a “life sentence on the internet,” his lawyers and legal experts say, Alexi Cohan of the Boston Herald reports.

Kraft’s attorneys were in a West Palm Beach court today saying any video release would jeopardize the billionaire’s right to a fair trial.

William Burck told a Palm Beach County judge that releasing the video would only satisfy a “prurient interest,” during a hearing held in part to determine whether media outlets could offer arguments in the case.

Defense attorney Peter Elikann, who is not involved in the case, told the Herald Kraft could end up with a lot of public shame due to Florida’s open record laws that are “essentially almost a free-for-all.”

“There’s no point to it other than to humiliate and give Mr. Kraft here a life sentence on the internet,” Elikann said. “It wouldn’t serve the public any good.”

Jupiter police obtained a search warrant to secretly record at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. Police say those cameras captured Kraft twice paying to have sex with spa employees in January. Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation as part of a multicounty investigation that also resulted in about 300 male customers being charged, 10 massage parlors being closed and their owners charged with felony prostitution.

Investigators initially said they were targeting human traffickers. But Assistant State Attorney Greg Kridos told the judge Friday that there was no evidence of human trafficking at the Jupiter spa.

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