JUPITER, Florida (WHDH) — An arraignment date has been set for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Court documents filed in Palm Beach Court on Thursday specify that Kraft “must be present” for his March 28 arraignment on two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. The arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Despite the documents indicating that Kraft must be present in court, a former Palm Beach County prosecutor says the 77-year-old does not have to make an appearance because the language in the paperwork is “standard and appears on every notice of hearing document.”
The billionaire pleaded not guilty last week to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution after prosecutors say he was twice caught on camera paying for sex acts at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida.
Kraft is among hundreds of men accused of paying for sex acts as part of a crackdown on prostitution allegedly occurring in massage parlors across Florida.
Police say Kraft visited the massage parlor the day before and on the morning of his team’s AFC Championship win over with the Kansas City Chiefs, and paid cash in exchange for sexual services.
Kraft was said to be wearing a blue baseball hat when he was caught on camera entering the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, according to court documents.
Kraft was allegedly seen paying with a $100 bill after each visit and hugging women before leaving the building.
Through a spokesperson, Kraft “categorically” denied that he engaged in illegal activity.
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