New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
Kraft requested a non-jury trial, in which his fate would be determined solely by a judge.
‘The defendant Robert Kraft hereby pleads not guilty to all charges and requests a non-jury trial in the above-styled cause,’ read the court record, obtained by DailyMail.com.
An arraignment has been set for March 27, which is when the 77-year-old billionaire was expected to attend NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
Kraft was among hundreds charged in a multi-department investigation into massage parlor prostitution and human trafficking at Florida spas. Thus far, ten spas have been closed and several people, primarily women from China, have been charged with running the prostitution ring.
He could face between sixth months and a year in jail, in addition to a mandatory 100 hours of community service, a mandatory $5,000 fine, and a mandatory class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking. However, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, jail is not usually considered for first-time offenders, which is the case with Kraft.
Police say there is video evidence of everyone accused of solicitation in the case.
According to police records, Kraft visited the Orchids of Asia day spa twice in a 24-hour span in January.
The first visit occurred on January 19, when Kraft allegedly received hand stimulation from 45-year-old spa manager Lei Wang and a 58-year-old spa employee named Shen Mingbi.
Jupiter police have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. According to police records, Kraft visited the Orchids of Asia day spa twice in a 24-hour span in January. The first visit occurred on January 19, when Kraft allegedly received hand stimulation from 45-year-old spa manager Lei Wang and a 58-year-old spa employee named Shen Mingbi. He allegedly returned the following morning for oral sex
These undated booking photos from the Martin County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office, show Lixia Zhu (left), Ruimei Li and Lei Wang (right) who have been arrested on charges tied to the operation of the massage parlors. Wang was accused of servicing Kraft personally
A camera man films the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex at the establishment during two January visits
Neither Wang nor Mingbi are believed to be victims of human trafficking.
According to the affidavit, Kraft paid both women with a $100 bill.
Wang has been arrested and charged with maintaining a house of prostitution, but Mingbi has not been charged.
The second visit occurred on January 20, before Kraft flew to Kansas City for the AFC Title game.
That day, Kraft received oral sex from Wang, who is known as ‘Lulu.’
Kraft allegedly paid her with a $100 bill and another unidentified bill before leaving.
Robert Kraft’s wife Myra (near right) died from cancer in 2011 at 68. In 2012, it was revealed that Kraft was dating actress and model Ricki Noel Lander (left), 39. Lander did give birth to a child in 2017, and while there was speculation it was his, Kraft has denied being the father following the child’s birth in 2018. The two were seen together at the Super Bowl
Robert Kraft (here with CBS’ Jim Nantz and former Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork) was in Kansas City on January 20 to see his team upset the top-seeded Chiefs in the AFC title game. Florida police claim he visited a prostitute in Jupiter that morning
Kraft’s wife Myra died from cancer in 2011 at age 68. The two were married in 1963 and had four children together.
In 2012, it was revealed that Kraft was dating actress and model Ricki Noel Lander, 39.
Lander did give birth to a child in 2017, and while there was speculation it was his, Kraft has denied being the father.
The two attended Super Bowl LIII together on February 3 in Atlanta.
New York Jets fans are pictured enjoying themselves outside the day spa where Kraft allegedly solicited prostitutes
Kraft and his sons are active philanthropists, having reportedly donated over $100 million to several different causes.
He is also the recipient of the 2019 Genesis Prize from Israel, which has been described as the ‘Jewish Nobel’ prize.
Kraft, the head of a holding company, bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million. Since then the franchise has been to 10 Super Bowls, winning six, most recently in on February 3 against the Los Angeles Rams.
He is reportedly worth $6.6 billion, according to Forbes.com, and does own property in Palm Beach. In addition to the Patriots, Kraft also owns the team’s field, Gillette Stadium, and the MLS’s New England Revolution.
Kraft has a lease in the famed Breakers resort in Palm Beach, which is near President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate. He owns a double apartment at 1. North Breakers Row in Palm Bleach, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft holds the Lombardi Trophy during the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl parade on February 5. He has since been charged with soliciting prostitution