Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Robert Kraft will reject plea deal offer — CNN source

Robert Kraft will reject plea deal offer — CNN source

The New England Patriots owner and his lawyers reportedly are doing whatever they can to keep any potential video of him receiving sexual favors for money hidden from the public, according to TMZ.

That stipulation is a "non-starter" for Kraft, sources told ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn.

It was unclear at the time of the WSJ report whether Kraft would be open to accepting the deal, and now there's another report that says he isn't. The State of Florida does not agree with the request, according to the filing. The allegations arose after Kraft was allegedly seen on camera soliciting prostitution on two separate occasions. The deal, in addition to requiring an admission of guilt, would require an STD test and completion of 100 hours of community service. He added it is a "warning shot" to prosecutors that Kraft's team will challenge that police had probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.

There is no evidence that Kraft dealt with anyone involved in trafficking or who was a victim of trafficking; the women he interacted with had valid driver's licenses and massage therapist licenses.

Court documents show the joint motion to suppress the videos was filed Wednesday by Jason S. Weiss, the attorney for one of the 25 men charged in the case by the Palm Beach County state attorney's office.

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Kraft was one of 25 people charged in Jupiter, Fla., on February 22 in a statewide investigation into the use of massage parlors for prostitution and human trafficking.

Police said Kraft twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

When his name first surfaced last month in connection with the investigation, his spokeswoman, Stacey James, said in a statement that "w$3 e categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity". Edmondson told CNN, however, that those misdemeanor charges generally result in no more than a 60-day sentence in county jail.

Kraft's court date is scheduled for March 28.

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