Court Hearing Tuesday on Robert Kraft Solicitation Charges

A pretrial hearing was held Tuesday in Florida in New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s ongoing prostitution case.

A judge granted a motion to allow Kraft’s New York attorneys to appear in Florida on his behalf, as long as they take care of several outstanding paperwork issues.

An attorney for several media outlets opposing Kraft’s legal team’s efforts to have video evidence suppressed also appeared in court, arguing that they should be allowed to intervene in the case.

Kraft’s lawyers said they plan to file another motion Tuesday in their efforts to keep video recordings of Kraft private. His attorneys argued in a previous finding that the video recordings were “the fruits of an unlawful sneak-and-peek search warrant.”

Police have said there were two videos of the 77-year-old Kraft visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in West Palm Beach, Florida, on two different occasions. One of his alleged visits was just hours before the Patriots’ AFC Championship game this year.

Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of solicitation of another for prostitution.

He pleaded not guilty and has denied the accusations. But he also issued a statement apologizing for “disappointing” his family, friends and fans. 

Kraft did not have to appear at Tuesday’s hearing. Another hearing at which he is expected to attend is scheduled for April 9.

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