Robert Kraft’s attorney told ESPN Friday the evidence against him was gathered illegally, as the Patriots’ owner continues to work to clear his name.
Kraft, 77, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, FL, in alleged encounters at a spa the night before and morning of the Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Chiefs. He was one of 25 men charged after an investigation by police into human trafficking.
Kraft has pleaded not guilty.
Earlier this week, Kraft reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have seen him serve 100 hours of community service, pay $10,000 in fines and attend a class on the negative effects of prostitution in exchange for admitting he would be found guilty of the charges in court.
However, ESPN reported Kraft had not outright rejected that deal, but would not accept the admission of guilt as part of the terms.
Kraft’s attorney, William Burck, told ESPN Friday there are questions about how police gathered evidence in the investigation.
“The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained,” Burck said. “There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it. The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it.”
Kraft faces an arraignment hearing in the case March 28.