Attorneys for Patriots owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Thursday to exclude video evidence in his solicitation for prostitution case.
According to TMZ Sports, citing court documents, they argued that authorities had no basis to install video cameras in the Jupiter, FL, massage parlor as part of their investigation.
“Florida resorted to the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement — taking continuous video recordings of private massages in which customers would be stripping naked as a matter of course — in order to prosecute what are at most misdemeanor offenses.”
The motion comes two days after Kraft’s reps filed a motion in which he waived his arraignment, pleaded not guilty to all charges, and requested a jury trial.
Kraft, 77, was one of 25 men charged after an investigation by police into human trafficking in Palm Beach County. He faces two counts of soliciting a prostitute at the massage parlor.
Charging affidavits claim investigators have video of a man identified as Kraft paying for and involved in sex acts during two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on consecutive days in January, including one on the day of the Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.
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.