Robert Kraft massage parlor video to be released to public, prosecutors say

Robert Kraft massage parlor video to be released to public, prosecutors say

In court documents filed by the office of Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and obtained by the Boston Globe, prosecutors argue they have a legal obligation to provide the video evidence to the public and media due to the prosecution of Lei Wang, the alleged spa manager. Indeed, it already has. They will "pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order". An attorney for Kraft argued release of the video would cause "irreparable harm" to Kraft's case and said the court should protect Kraft from an "invasion of privacy".

"As the custodian of the records, [prosecutors] can not delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents", the office wrote.

Deadspin reports that Kraft's lawyers, William Burck and Alex Spiro, are targeting Florida's public records laws, claiming that they violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which is created to protect citizens from unlawful searches and seizures. On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Joseph Marx issued a temporary protective order stopping the release of the video evidence, according to multiple reports including ESPN.com and ABC News.

One of Kraft's attorneys last week described the recording of Kraft's actions in the spa as "pornography".

Judge Leonard Hanser heard both legal teams Friday and asked they file proposed ordered by Tuesday.

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However, prosecutors are now shifting the issue to the prosecution of Zhang and Wang, who allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Kraft on January 20 that were videotaped by Jupiter police, who had secretly installed a surveillance camera while investigating alleged human trafficking in the spa.

It was not clear when the video will be released.

Kraft, 77, is accused of paying for sex acts at the spa twice in January.

"As the Court may be aware, Mr. Kraft's case has generated more press coverage and media attention than perhaps any other misdemeanor prosecution in recent history", his lawyers wrote. However, as Deadspin notes, Florida's constitution strongly endorses public records, which includes police evidence and, therefore, the videos taken by Jupiter police inside the massage parlor.

Kraft's legal team has attempted to keep the videos from seeing the light of day, claiming he could never get a fair trial if they were released.

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