Patriots Owner Robert Kraft is one of 12 men who has been charged for soliciting prostitution as a part of a sting operation in Jupiter, Florida. Kraft has been charged on two counts for his two visits to the spa where the alleged crime occurred, one visit of which is said to have happened the morning of the AFC Championship game when the Patriots played the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to the Super Bowl.
The alleged incident happened at Orchids of Asia Day Spa where police claim that wealthy men were caught having sexual encounters on camera with the women at the Palm Beach County spa. The women involved are being treated as victims following reports that the women were forced into prostitution.
A New York Times report reveals that some women were offered a job at the spa if they came to America from China, and upon arrival, their passports were taken and were forced into having unprotected sex. Palm County police also note that the women were not given any housing and were sleeping on the massage tables.
Kraft has denied any involvement with soliciting prostitution. “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” Kraft said in a statement.
The NFL released a statement on the accusations as well in regard to whether or not there will be punishment for the 6-time Super Bowl Champion owner.
“Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL,” the statement reads. “We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the Policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts.”