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Per ESPN.com, Kraft asked for a jury trial after issuing his plea to two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation.
Kraft was officially charged with soliciting prostitution last month stemming from an investigation into sex trafficking at multiple day spas in Florida.
Per documents released by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, Kraft was videotaped visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, twice, including on Jan. 20, the day of the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kraft denied committing any crimes in a statement released through a spokesperson:
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Statement from a spokesperson for Patriots owner Robert Kraft: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
In his first public statements since being charged (h/t CNN.com’s Nicole Chavez and Kevin Dotson), Kraft issued a statement apologizing: “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.”
The 77-year-old Kraft has owned the Patriots since 1994. He has led the franchise to 10 Super Bowl appearances, including six wins.