Nabbing Robert Kraft Helped Florida Prosecutors Get Headlines. Now Kraft and Other Orchids of Asia Customers Are Fighting Back

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Nabbing Robert Kraft Helped Florida Prosecutors Get Headlines. Now Kraft and Other Orchids of Asia Customers Are Fighting Back

On Tuesday morning, Florida Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to temporarily seal the footage of New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft visiting Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter, Florida.

More than two months have now passed since the headline-grabbing busts there and at several Southeast Florida massage parlors, places police insisted on national TV were dens of sexual slavery. Since then, authorities have been forced to admit that their claims were unfounded and have had their use of hidden cameras challenged by both men charged with soliciting prostitution and massage customers not accused of illegal activity.

That Kraft was one of the men charged by Florida prosecutors helped propel this story across national news and give it sticking power. But it’s also assured that there’s a defendant with resources and a reason to fight back—and in turn, that the press has remained interested in the case. (It’s a beautiful bit of irony, all told.) Kraft rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors and has pleaded not guilty.

He’s also fighting the disclosure of footage from secret video cameras police installed for days at Orchids of Asia. And there seems to have been a ripple effect, with lawyers for other solicitation defendants fighting back, […]

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