BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots owner Robert Kraft waived an upcoming court appearance in his Florida prostitution case and is requesting a jury trial, according to a court document filed Tuesday.

Kraft had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges and was requesting a non-jury trial. Kraft was due in court for his arraignment on Thursday, but waived his right to appear and changed his trial request.

With his Thursday hearing officially canceled, Kraft is next due in court on April 9.

The Patriots owner was charged with paying for sex acts inside a Jupiter massage parlor twice on the weekend of the AFC Championship Game.

Robert Kraft (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Prosecutors had offered Kraft a plea deal. He rejected the offer to have charges dropped in exchange for admitting he would likely have been found guilty at trial.

On Friday, Kraft issued an apology.

“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard,” Kraft said. “The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being.”

Kraft faces possible punishment from the NFL. League owners reportedly will not decide on a possible suspension until Kraft’s legal issues are resolved.

Comments (21)
  1. Jordan Lewis Ring says:

    UTTER MORON…MORONS’ HAVE NO BOUNDARIES!

    1. Bob Suyak says:

      You would know!

  2. Joe Casey says:

    No chance he will go to trial on this. He is among the elites and will have this broomed before it gets that far.

  3. it’s a matter of absolute identity, OR proof that he paid for services

  4. Well, if Smollett gets off, Kraft should get off for getting off.

  5. Andy Howe says:

    Maybe he should plead the Jussie defense. It worked. (Whatever that defense ended up being, which is unknown since the case is now sealed.)

  6. Judy Wilson says:

    Thankfully the police acted quickly! After only 8 months of observing trafficked women being escorted by armed guards to the spa, the police were able to arrest a number of Johns. Sadly, the trafficked women were not rescued and now are working in another location. It’s all a matter of priorities.

    1. Holly Hoebreckx says:

      Judy Wilson, that IS the point. Sex traffickers got away with a much bigger crime, but Kraft is a Trump supporter. Is the Clinton friend, Epstein, behind these sex traffickers? The Dems want to make prostitution legal, but want to prosecute Kraft. Sex trafficking is a different crime and a much worse crime. Is it political contributions?

  7. Pete Dosado says:

    The prosecution has no case otherwise they would not have threatened to air the videos to the public! Let Kraft go to trial and let a jury of his peers deliver the verdict and not some prosecutors that caught johns but did not catch any sex traffickers or set any sex slaves free!

    1. Doug Humphreys says:

      It would be both prosecutorial misconduct and a crime to threaten to release the video unless a defendant pleads guilty.

  8. Pete Anderson says:

    This is strictly a political move by a Democrat hack prosecutor. The quickest way to end human sex trafficking is to legalize prostitution, not prosecute the ‘johns’, and only the celebrity ones at that. Legal prostitution is safe, regulated, taxed, and employs men and women who choose that line of work. I predict Kraft goes to trial and is acquitted. For anyone over 60, isn’t this the same office that prosecuted Jim Morrison for removing his shirt on stage during a Doors performance? there is nothing dumber than a Florida Democrat.

  9. Steven James says:

    How fortunate to be a very wealthy NFL owner who now has a playbook from his lawyer to get the charges dropped on a technicality. But most of us know he is guilty and isn’t man enough to admit it. Why even apologize if you can’t be honest and include any victim empathy? I seriously doubt he’ll be seen on the field next season or in his usual seat.