Florida prosecutors drop charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Florida prosecutors are dropping their charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to court papers filed Thursday. Kraft was facing two misdemeanor charges for allegedly soliciting prostitution at Jupiter's Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jan. 2019.

The prosecution's decision comes in the wake of the court banning video and audio surveillance footage from Kraft's trial, citing that the secret surveillance violated the rights of Kraft and others (Kraft was part of a 25-person bust of the spa) who visited the spa.

The 79-year-old Kraft and his legal team successfully got the video banned from being released last year.

"Without videos, there is no reasonable belief of getting a conviction beyond reasonable doubt against any of the defendants," said Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg said in a Thursday video conference. "And ethically we cannot pursue the charges. The receipts, financial records, they're not enough."

Kraft, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, issued an apology for the incident last year.

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