New England Patriots Owner, Robert Kraft, Charged With Soliciting Prostitution

February 22, 2019
Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, is being charged with two counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution, from a raid in a day spa in Florida, Jupiter Police Department said Feb. 22.

Police Chief Daniel Kerr said at a news conference Feb. 22 that Kraft was picked up from two specific visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Jupiter police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler told CNN, “Charges have been filed, but he has not been arrested.”

In a statement sent to the Journal from a Patriots’ spokesperson, they said “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”

Kerr also added that Kraft is one of more than 100 people being investigated and charged in the human trafficking sting and video evidence exists of “all the individuals being charged.”

Earlier this year The Genesis Prize Foundation announced the 77-year old Jewish businessman as the 2019 Genesis Prize recipient and according to the website, he will still receive the award in Jerusalem in June.

Kraft, as the chosen recipient will be awarded the annual $1 million Genesis Prize, also known as the “Jewish Nobel” by Time Magazine for his commitment to Israel, social justice and equality.

The Genesis Prize is a global award created to celebrate Jewish achievement and contribution to humanity. Other winners of the award have been U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Actor and activists Natalie Portman and Michael Douglas and sculptor and advocate for refugees Anish Kapoor.

The Journal reached out to the Genesis Prize Foundation for comment but had not heard from them by publication time.

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