One of the few remaining mysteries about Robert Kraft's pair of visits to Asia Day Spa Orchids is the traffic stop that police used to identify the 77-year-old billionaire. The Boston Globe discovered court records on Friday describing the interaction on January 19, which appeared to be cordial and included some light ribs.
According to court documents, Kraft showed his Super Bowl ring when officers removed him after his first of two trips to the day spa where he allegedly solicited prostitution.
"Robert Kraft was very polite and respectful throughout the process. . . (he) asked the (official) if he was a fan of the Dolphins, "the prosecutors wrote, for the Globe." He then told the officer that he was the owner of the patriots … and showed his Super Bowl ring " .
Despite being stopped, Kraft returned to the spa the next morning, just a few hours before the Patriots faced the Chiefs in the AFC championship.
Kraft's high-powered lawyers have since argued that stopping traffic was illegal. They are also arguing that surveillance cameras were installed under false pretenses, as prosecutors admitted in court that they do not expect to bring charges of human trafficking in relation to the case.
Earlier this week, a judge ruled that videos taken from Kraft inside the spa can not be published until a jury sits or the case is resolved. On Friday, Kraft's lawyers are arguing that the tapes should be discarded altogether. But since the videos exist for months, there is a possibility that they have already been copied and shared. The Blast, a subsidiary of TMZ, says it has seen a copy of the recording.
Lawyers for two of the women who treated Kraft at the spa, owner Zua Hang and therapist Lei Wang, received permission from a judge this week to quote The Blast in an attempt to find the source he intended for the videos. . Both women are fighting a series of federal prostitution charges.