BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Florida judge has ordered that a video of New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and other men allegedly engaging in sex acts at a Jupiter massage parlor will be destroyed.
According to AP News, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with prosecutors and Kraft's attorneys in ruling that the video "was not part of the permanent court file" and would be returned for destruction.
Misdemeanor solicitation charges were dropped against Kraft and the other men in 2020, after a state appeals court upheld Hanser's 2019 ruling that the footage from the hidden video cameras violated the privacy rights of other customers who received legal massages.
The charges filed against Kraft and nearly two-dozen others arose from an investigation into whether the Orchids of Asia Day Spa was engaging in sex trafficking.
Kraft pleaded not guilty to the charges as his attorneys pushed for two years to have the video dismissed and destroyed. The recordings were never released to the public, and were the only known evidence that Kraft paid for sex at the spa, according to AP News.
Felony charges against spa management were also dropped once the evidence was invalidated by the court.