New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft dropped a sexual solicitation charge against him on Thursday.
Florida prosecutors decided not to press charges after a court banned the publication of a video in the case.
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The Florida 4th District Court of Appeals last month ruled that Jupiter police violated the rights of Kraft and nearly two dozen other men by secretly installing video cameras in the Orchids massage rooms. of Asia Day Spa in early 2019. The court then blocked the use of video footage at the trial.
Lawyers for Kraft filed a motion on Monday asking that the tapes be destroyed and that the NFL owner would be prepared to pay state fees if anyone challenges a destruction order.
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Kraft, 79, was indicted in February 2019 in connection with a multi-account massage parlor investigation that included a secret video recording in lobbies and spa rooms. Police said the tapes show Krafft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying for them.
Kraft pleaded not guilty to the charge and issued a public apology in March 2019.
“I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, close friends, colleagues, fans and many others who rightly keep me at a higher level,” Kraft said in a statement.
“Throughout my life I’ve always tried to do the right thing,” he says. “The last thing I want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul have been shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, whom I have been lucky enough to have as a partner for 50 years.
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The billionaire also said, “As I move forward, I hope to continue using the platform that I have been fortunate enough to help others and try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through these actions, I hope to regain your trust and respect, ”according to CBS 4 Boston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.