Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Robert Kraft Scores HUGE Legal Victory In Release of Asian Spa Sextape

Robert Kraft Scores HUGE Legal Victory In Release of Asian Spa Sextape

(Reuters) - Hidden-camera footage of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a Florida massage parlor can not be used as evidence in his trial on charges of soliciting prostitution, a judge ruled on Monday in a victory for the billionaire.

The ruling is a major win for Kraft, who sought to suppress the purported evidence from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Kraft has been embroiled in a bitter and embrassing legal battle for weeks since he was charged with prostitution solicitation in February.

Hanser said the Jupiter Police Department and the judge who issued the search warrant did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who received legitimate massages. Palm Beach County State Attorney spokesman Mike Edmondson said prosecutors were still reviewing the ruling but would appeal if they found a legal basis.

Prosecutors argued that the warrant was aimed at stopping a felony-level prostitution operation and legally obtained. Attorneys for the billionaire, per USA Today, are expected to use Monday's ruling to argue that the video should continue to be kept under wraps.

Schefter's colleague TJ Quinn adds that Kraft's lawyers will now likely file a motion to have the case dismissed, as prosecutors had cited the surveillance footage as their main evidence all along.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a judge ruled that investigators illegally obtained the video evidence against Kraft.

National Football League officials have said they are watching the case, but have not disciplined Kraft. He was alleged to have visited a location in Jupiter and allegedly paid for a sex act in mid-January, then returned the next morning for the same reason before flying to Kansas City to watch his team play in the AFC championship game.

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