The billionaire owner of the New England Patriots has been charged with soliciting prostitution in a Florida therapeutic massage parlour, police say.
Robert Kraft, 77, is accused of two misdemeanour expenses in Jupiter. He has denied the allegation.
The owner of the Super Bowl-winning franchise allegedly paid for sexual companies on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in the seaside resort, police mentioned.
Mr Kraft’s internet value is estimated at $6.6bn (£5bn).
The tycoon was snared as a part of a human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter a few month in the past, mentioned police.
Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr mentioned at a press convention on Friday that the costs stem from “two different visits” to the spa, ensuing in two counts of “soliciting another to commit prostitution”.
A spokesperson for Mr Kraft mentioned in an announcement to the BBC: “We categorically deny that Mr Kraft engaged in any criminality.
“Because it’s a judicial matter, we is not going to be commenting additional.”
The spa was amongst 10 closed by authorities after a months-long investigation discovered girls there have been in “sexual servitude”, in keeping with charging paperwork.
A detective instructed TCPalm.com that the alleged intercourse acts had been captured on surveillance digicam.
Warrants have additionally been issued for over 170 individuals who had been swept up in the dragnet, police say.
Who is Robert Kraft?
He is the pinnacle of the Kraft Group, which has investments from sports activities to actual property.
Mr Kraft purchased the Patriots for $172m in January 1994.
Under his 25 years of possession the NFL crew has performed in 10 Super Bowls and received six championships.
He has 4 sons. His spouse Myra died in 2011.
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