Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Here’s When Florida Prosecutors Plan To Release Robert Kraft Spa Video

Here’s When Florida Prosecutors Plan To Release Robert Kraft Spa Video

Prosecutors in Florida on Wednesday said they will make public the police surveillance videos from inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, meaning the tapes of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and two dozen other men paying for sex.

"Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg's office said in court papers it is obligated under Florida law to provide the video to the public and the media now, and can not wait for a judge to decide whether they should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla".

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office filed a notice Wednesday saying it believes the videos are public records under Florida law and it plans to release pixilated versions.

Numerous media organizations joined together to file a motion to intervene, arguing Friday the videos should remain part of the public record and be available to media organizations, should they be released. He has pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.

This comes just days after Kraft's legal team argued in court against its release, requesting a protective order shield the videos from public viewing.

The Boston billionaire was charged with two misdemeanor counts of solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera receiving sex acts inside the now-infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa. They will "pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order".

Wang's lawyer had also asked for a judge to bar the release of the videos while her criminal case is proceeding.

Prosecutors offered to drop the charges in exchange for fines, community service and an admission that he would be found guilty if he went to trial, but a source familiar with the case told CNN that Kraft would not accept the deal.

In a written statement last month, Kraft said he is "truly sorry" and mentioned his wife, Myra, who died in 2011. He added the only reason the videos would be made public is "to get eyeballs and clicks".

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