Here’s what we now know about the Robert Kraft case
New details about the allegations facing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft emerged on Monday. Here’s what we know:
■ Authorities allege the billionaire visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, according to a probable cause affidavit. The Patriots punched their ticket to the Super Bowl on Jan. 20, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game, 37-31. Kraft visited the spa hours before that overtime victory, according to authorities.
■ Kraft, 77, is now scheduled to be arraigned on April 24 on two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution. Kraft, through a spokesman, has denied engaging in any illegal activity. At a Monday news conference in Florida, State Attorney Dave Aronberg said each count carries a maximum jail term of one year, along with 100 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine, and a class on the effects of human trafficking.
■ Video cameras captured Kraft inside the spa, and authorities indicated in a court filing that there is footage of two women performing a sex act on him and one woman wiping him down with a towel during the Jan. 19 visit.
■ After the visit to the spa on Jan. 19, the Bentley Kraft was riding in was pulled over by law enforcement, according to authorities. An affidavit indicated that the front-seat passenger was identified as Kraft. Despite being pulled over, Kraft returned to the spa the following day, about seven hours before the Patriots played in Kansas City, authorities said. During the second visit, authorities allege a woman performed a sex act on Kraft for several minutes, according to court documents.
■ The National Football League released a statement addressing the situation on Monday, saying, “Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL. We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the Policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts.”