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22nd Feb 2019

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in prostitution scandal

Jack O'Toole

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with soliciting prostitution at a spa in Florida.

Kraft, 77, is part of a group of more than two dozen people being charged in a police sting in Jupiter, Florida, as part of a wider police probe into human trafficking.

Kraft has been charged on two separate counts of soliciting a prostitute and police said they were stunned with his alleged involvement.

“He is one of the individuals. That would be Mr. Robert Kraft,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said at a press conference.

“He is being charged with the same offense as the others, and that is soliciting another to commit prostitution,” Kerr said.

“We’re as equally stunned as anyone else.”

A spokesperson for Kraft denied his involvement.

A spokesman said: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”

Kraft is CEO of the Kraft Group, a holding company that owns multiple businesses, including the Patriots which he bought in 1994.

He celebrated their Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams last month in Atlanta. The victory was the sixth Super Bowl win of Kraft’s ownership.