FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A federal judge has ruled that a video that reportedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex at a Jupiter massage parlor must be destroyed.
U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II said that the videos of Kraft and other customers must be wiped from existence because the Jupiter police surveillance was deemed unlawful, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Kraft’s attorneys had argued that the billionaire feared the tapes of him in the nude would be publicized on the internet.READ MORE: Did You Know Sharks Use Earth's Magnetic Field Like GPS To Navigate The Seas, Says Study
A misdemeanor solicitation charge against Kraft was dropped in September after an appeals court ruled that video evidence couldn’t be used in the case.READ MORE: Missing Teen Diani Carolina Gomez Found Dead Near Pelican Harbor Marina
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Kraft, 79, and others were charged in February 2019 in a multicounty investigation of massage parlors that included the secret installation of video cameras in the spas’ lobbies and rooms. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them.MORE NEWS: Tax Refunds Delayed As May 17 Filing Deadline Arrives
Police say they recorded Kraft paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia spa on consecutive days in January 2019. Kraft pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions.