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Attorneys accuse Florida police of leaking Robert Kraft spa video

Attorneys accuse Florida police of leaking Robert Kraft spa video

As lawyers and lawmakers battle over video evidence in the Robert Kraft solicitation case, it appears some of that evidence has already gotten out.

Attorneys representing two women who allegedly worked at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., filed a court motion Thursday accusing Florida prosecutors and police of leaking video evidence of Kraft and others at the spa.

The court motion cited a report published Thursday on The Blast, a celebrity news site that claimed it was contacted by an unknown person who claimed to have video of Kraft visiting the spa, where he was accused of exchanging money for sexual favors.

The Blast claims it has seen the footage and described it as such:

"In the video, the 77-year-old is already undressed and laying on the massage table with his hands placed behind his head. The camera angle is an overhead shot, and it’s believed the camera was placed in the ceiling."

While The Blast didn't reveal who contacted them, attorneys concluded in their motion that it must have been either the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office and/or the Jupiter Police Department, since they are the only parties that have possession of surveillance footage.

The court motion demanded police and prosecutors be held in contempt of court for a "direct violation of this Court's Order," per CNN.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they were obligated to release video evidence to the public, but a judge ruled in a court order later that day to block the release of evidence until there's a hearing.

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Report: Some in Robert Kraft's camp 'can't believe' he won't take plea deal

Report: Some in Robert Kraft's camp 'can't believe' he won't take plea deal

Robert Kraft categorically denied any wrongdoing just hours after being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and he's been standing his ground ever since.

But should the New England Patriots owner just take his lumps and move on?

According to ESPN's T.J. Quinn, that's what some in Kraft's circle expected he would do when Florida prosecutors offered to drop charges against him if he admitted he would have been proven guilty at trial.

Here's Quinn during an appearance Thursday morning on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan:

"There are people around him who have said to me they can’t believe he doesn’t just take this plea agreement, this diversion agreement that they offered and say, ‘OK, fine, I did this. I am sorry.’ And then move on with it.

"They are pretty amazed that he’s going to continue to fight it like this."

Few actually expected Kraft to accept that plea deal after he already maintained his innocence. But considering Florida prosecutors allegedly have video evidence of the Patriots owner at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla., Kraft could have gotten ahead of the story by expressing remorse right after the charges came out and hoping the story died down.

Kraft is well past that point, however, and his legal team is now working relentlessly to prevent said video evidence from going public. That battle continued Wednesday, when a judge ordered the state of Florida not to release video evidence of Kraft until there's a hearing despite Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg stating earlier that day his office was obligated to make the evidence public.

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Judge orders state to not release Robert Kraft video until there's a hearing

Judge orders state to not release Robert Kraft video until there's a hearing

UPDATE (Wednesday, April 17 at 4:41 p.m. ET): There's been a new development. A judge has blocked the evidence from being released until there's a hearing. Here's what ESPN's T.J. Quinn reported Wednesday afternoon:

--End of Update--

The police surveillance videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paying for sexual favors at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., will be released after all. 

Why are the videos going to be released? Here's what John R. Ellement of The Boston Globe reported Wednesday:

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office said in court papers it is obligated under Florida law to provide the video to the public and the media now and cannot wait for a judge to decide whether it should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft's lawyers have tried to prevent the videos from being released. They argued last week that the release of the videos will cause the 77-year-old "irreparable harm" and could "destroy" his chances of a fair trial. 

The Patriots owner and other defendants filed a motion in March to prevent the release of the spa videos. Earlier this month, several media outlets, including The Boston Globe, filed a joint motion opposing Kraft's protective order of the spa videos.

Kraft requested a jury trial last month. The Patriots owner also reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have dropped the charges against him if he admitted he would've been found guilty in court. Kraft was charged in February with two separate counts of soliciting prostitution. 

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