New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has outright rejected a plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors that would have required him to admit that he was guilty of soliciting prostitution when he twice visited a day spa in January.
The Boston Globe reports that Kraft, according to a person familiar with the billionaire’s legal strategy in the high-profile case, believes the proposal from Massachusetts State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office pushed the legal requirements for what is called “deferred prosecution” beyond what is routinely expected.
The offer brokered apparently was a “non-starter” for Kraft, according to ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn.
The government wants Kraft to admit he would have been guilty of solicitation had the case proceeded. I’m told that’s a non-starter for him. Expect intense negotiations over the next week in advance of Kraft’s scheduled March 28 court date. https://t.co/ohe3zv9Tmd
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 20, 2019
Quinn reports that Kraft’s focus is changing. He is attempting to distance himself from any trafficking allegations with hopes of keeping the surveillance video of himself at the Jupiter, Fla., sealed.
No individuals involved in the case have been charged for trafficking thus far, and Kraft already has filed a motion to seal the video evidence.
Kraft’s arraignment is scheduled for March 28.