Records show Florida prosecutors have dropped all criminal charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in their sex sting case involving a Palm Beach County massage parlor.
The high-profile defendant was one of the defendants in a wide-ranging prostitution bust in the region, but as of Thursday afternoon, the disposition of those charges reads that the state is dismissing the case.
The turnover follows an appellate court decision last month that sided with Kraft’s claim Jupiter police unlawfully recorded him with his clothes off at Orchids of Asia Day Spa on Jan. 19, 2019, and Jan. 20, 2019. The secret surveillance at the day spa led to solicitation of prostitution charges against Kraft, 79, and 24 other men.
In a statement released last year by ESPN, Kraft said, “I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks. I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”
Kraft also said he’s always “tried to do the right thing” in life. “The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women.” He added, “I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”
State Attorney Dave Aronberg is scheduling a press conference on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa case to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.