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

Aubrey Yates
April 17, 2019

The legal team for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has filed an emergency motion aimed at blocking the release of a surveillance video recording that allegedly shows him paying for sex acts inside a Florida day spa.

Palm Beach County assistant state attorney Leigh Lassiter Miller said in a court document filed Wednesday that her office meant to release the video, citing the state's public records law.

Under Florida law, the Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg's office said it can not wait for a judge to decide whether the video should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla. and Hua Zhang as the owner.

In court papers, prosecutors said that - unless a judge tells them not to - they will move forward with releasing pixelated videos obtained by Jupiter police.

Wang allegedly managed the spa, and Hua Zhang has been identified by authorities as the owner of the spa.

Kraft, 77, is facing two misdemeanor charges for soliciting prostitution, as a result of his alleged visitations to Orchids of Asia Day spa on January 19 and January 20.

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"Absent a Court order, the State will be releasing the requested public records once it has retrieved and reviewed the records", prosecutors said in their filing Wednesday, adding that "the State, as custodian of the records, can not delay the release of the records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents". Kraft attorney William Burck argued last week.

Wang's attorneys also have asked a judge to withhold the videos while their client's case is pending, according to The Globe.

Among the party's notable guests was Li "Cindy" Yang, the founder of the Florida day spa where Kraft allegedly paid for sexual services in January, the Miami Herald reported.

Robert Kraft is fighting release of the video.

"If the affidavit says what happened, what is the interest the public has in seeing it?"

Last Friday, Burck asked Judge Leonard Hasner, "What is the reason the public needs to see the video itself?"

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