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3 hours ago, toolg said:

Let's see... He's often seen around her, bought her a house and provides financial support to her and her child. (She says it's his child. He denies it. But he supports them both anyway)... He's definitely in it for the action. BTW, I think the baby is his. LINK

Of course the baby is his! He denies the baby is his, so he wants us to believe that he's supporting a woman financially who cheated on him and got pregnant ?

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It was literally part of a sex trafficking ring

 

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Florida prosecutors intend to release video in Robert Kraft case, despite challenges

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/17/florida-prosecutors-say-they-will-release-spa-video-robert-kraft-case-despite-challenges/XWO4EHYfXdpEBmIHYk4L0L/story.html

Florida prosecutors said Wednesday they would release police surveillance videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and 24 other men allegedly paying for sex — through the cases of two women accused of owning and managing the alleged house of prostitution the men visited.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office said in court papers it is obligated under Florida law to provide the video to the public and the media now and cannot wait for a judge to decide whether it should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Wang allegedly managed the spa, and Hua Zhang has been identified by authorities as the owner of the spa. Both women have pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including maintaining a house of prostitution.

Like Kraft, Wang’s attorney has asked a judge to bar the release of the videos while her criminal case is pending. A hearing on her request is set for May 17.

Prosecutors said in court papers they can’t wait until then.

Prosecutors, "as the custodian of the records, cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents,’’ Aronberg’s office wrote Wednesday. "The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”

Kraft, 77, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution during separate visits to the spa on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Kraft has denied engaging in illegal activity, pleaded not guilty, and requested a jury trial.

One of Kraft’s attorneys last week described the recording of Kraft’s actions in the spa as "pornography.”

Kraft and 14 other men charged in the case have asked a judge to issue a protective order blocking the public release of the videos, a request opposed by the Globe and a coalition of other media outlets. That request is still pending before Judge Leonard Hanser.

Prosecutors have not taken a stance in that case.

However, prosecutors are now shifting the issue to the prosecution of Wang, who allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Kraft on Jan. 20 that were videotaped by Jupiter police, who had secretly installed a surveillance camera while investigating alleged human trafficking in the spa.

The release of the videos must also be made in the case of Zhang, the purported owner of the spa, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they would move forward with releasing the pixelated videos unless told not to do so by a judge.

During last week’s hearing before Hanser, Kraft’s defense attorney William Burck questioned the need to release the images, especially since Jupiter police affidavits already made public provided a detailed account of what transpired between Kraft and women on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

"What is the reason the public needs to see the video itself?” Burck asked Hanser.

Burck answered his own question, telling Hanser, "The only possible reason to release it is to get eyeballs and clicks” on media websites from people seeking to watch individuals "engaging potentially in sexual conduct.”

"It is basically pornography, your honor,” Burck said of the video.

 

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Judge: No release of Robert Kraft day spa video before hearing

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https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190417/judge-no-release-of-robert-kraft-day-spa-video-before-hearing

Apr 17, 2019 at 4:37 PM Apr 17, 2019 at 4:37 PM
 

The videos reportedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft receiving and then paying for sex acts at a Jupiter day spa.

 

WEST PALM BEACH — Videos reportedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft receiving and then paying for sex acts at a Jupiter day spa will not be released until a future court hearing, a judge ruled Wednesday afternoon.

In a conference call in open court with more than half a dozen lawyers — including those representing Kraft, the alleged owner and manager of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa and the media — Circuit Judge Joseph Marx barred the release of any video from the spa before an April 29 hearing. Marx presides over both the Lei Wang and Hua Zhang cases.

Kraft, 77, is one of 25 men who were charged with soliciting  prostitutes at the Jupiter day spa allegedly manged by Wang and owned by Zhang. Wang and Zhang are charged with several counts including deriving support from proceeds of prostitution and soliciting others to commit prostitution.

Though Marx is not the judge in Kraft's misdemeanor solicitation case, the hotly contested videos also are pieces of evidence in Wang's and Zhang's cases. Circuit Judge Leonard Hanser presides over Kraft's case.

The conference call came after a motion filed Wednesday by Assistant State Attorney Leigh Miller. In the motion, she wrote that unless there is a court order barring the release of the video, prosecutors are obligated by Florida's public record laws to release the footage. She wrote under the Chapter 119 sunshine laws, prosecutors, "as the custodian of the records, cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the document."

During the conference call she, as well as Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco, said the motion was not to declare an imminent release of the records. Instead, they said it was to clarify that their office could not, by law, as they mistakenly promised Hanser last week, refrain from release the video until Hanser made a ruling.

Last week attorneys from all parties spent several hours arguing before Hanser about whether the video should be released. How the video was obtained, with a "sneak and peek" warrant, has been under scrutiny from Kraft's lawyers, who say say the warrant violates their client's right to privacy. Jupiter police told the court when it sought the warrant that the only way to prove prostitution was happening was to install hidden surveillance cameras inside the business.

In an emergency motion filed Wednesday in response to prosecutors' motion, Wang's and Zhang's attorneys, Kathleen Phang and Tama Kudman, wrote that the release of the videos "violate Defendants’ constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy, but it would egregiously jeopardize their right to a fair trial."

Wang was scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday afternoon, but it was canceled.

In addition to the motions from prosecutors and those from lawyers for Wang and Zhang, Kraft's attorneys filed a motion to intervene in the case, as well as attorneys representing the "John Doe" in a federal lawsuit to oppose the release of the video. Marx denied both of their requests.

 

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Judge: Kraft day spa video to be released after case resolved

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https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190423/judge-kraft-day-spa-video-to-be-released-after-case-resolved

Apr 23, 2019 at 12:46 PM Apr 23, 2019 at 2:14 PM

A judge ruled Tuesday that the videos of Robert Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa will be released after he is afforded a fair trial.

WEST PALM BEACH — The public won't be seeing videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly receiving sex at a Jupiter day spa until his case is resolved, a circuit court judge said.

In an order issued Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser ruled that Kraft's right to a fair trial trumps the media's request for the videos to be released immediately.

However, the videos — that reportedly show Kraft paying for and receiving sex acts from spa employees — will be released as soon as a trial jury is selected, a plea agreement is reached, the state drops the charges or the court determines Kraft's right to a fair trial won't be at risk, Hanser said.

Kraft, 77, is one of 25 men charged with soliciting a prostitute, a second-degree misdemeanor, after Jupiter police said the men were caught on surveillance-camera video paying to have sex with employees at the Jupiter spa. The billionaire businessman, a part-time Palm Beach resident, is charged with two counts of solicitation and has pleaded not guilty.

A hearing Friday regarding Kraft's request to suppress the video may change Hanser's decision.

For now, though, the videos are sealed "to prevent a serious and imminent threat to the administration of justice," Hanser wrote.

"While we believe that Mr. Kraft’s fair trial rights were not jeopardized by the release of the materials, we respect the court's decision and look forward to the release of the material in the near future,” said Mark Caramanica, an attorney representing media, including The Palm Beach Post, in filings to make the videos public.

Hanser's order indicates that he agrees the videos are public record and that he did not agree with Kraft's attorneys' argument that the videos violate his right to privacy.

An attorney representing a coalition of media organizations — including The Palm Beach Post — filed with the court to have the videos released because they are public records. Hanser calls those videos a "central piece of evidence" in the case against Kraft, but said that they add little beyond the visual element to what already has been released regarding the allegations against the men.

The order forbids the Jupiter Police Department and the State Attorney's Office — the two groups with access to the videos — from releasing them.

"The court finds that preventing access at this time to the videotapes sought by (the media organizations) is necessary to prevent a serious and imminent threat to the administration of justice," Hanser wrote.

 

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