Robert Kraft will not accept plea deal in solicitation case

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22 March, 2019

According to multiple reports, the Patriots owner will not accept a plea deal offered to him by Florida prosecutors. There is no word yet on whether or not Kraft will accept it.

Kraft pled not guilty to the charges, which stem from a widespread prostitution sting that targeted multiple Florida massage parlors, and denied involvement in "any illegal activity" through a spokesperson.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on February 5, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

However, they would have to admit they would have been found guilty had the case gone to trial. This week, Kraft was offered a deal to have all of his charges dropped. He'd also need to complete a course about prostitution, put in 100 hours of community service, be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, and pay $5,000 for each of the two counts of solicitation against him.

Shortly after Quinn's report Tuesday night, the New York Post quoted unnamed sources who said there was "absolutely no way" Kraft would take the deal.

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The Wall Street Journal first reported news of a proposed deal.

On Wednesday, Quinn tweeted that the National Football League has investigators in Jupiter and West Palm Beach, trying to find out if there is more to the Kraft story than is already known, like whether he'd visited Orchids of Asia on other occasions or other parlors. The Palm Beach state attorney confirmed the news later Tuesday, according to ESPN. Evidence in the case includes video from a hidden camera police placed in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, and law enforcement have said there is video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts twice at the spa. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 "Deflategate" investigation.

Kraft is said to be especially concerned about having his name connected to accusations of sex trafficking.

Robert Kraft apparently is uninterested in admitting guilt in his prostitution case.

The NFL's media representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.


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