New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has offered a vague apology for being charged in February with soliciting prostitution. “I am truly sorry,” Kraft said, acknowledging that he “hurt and disappointed” those “who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” The statement made no mention of charges that Kraft, 77, twice paid for sex at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla., and through a spokesman he “categorically” denied breaking the law. Kraft rejected a plea deal last week in which prosecutors offered to drop two misdemeanor charges in exchange for fines, community service, and Kraft’s admission of guilt. Joining 14 other men charged in the investigation, Kraft filed a motion last week seeking to block the release of video evidence that allegedly shows Kraft paying for and receiving sex.
Barbra Streisand backpedaled this week after downplaying Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse of children. Asked by a British newspaper whether she believed the two accusers featured in HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland, Streisand, 76, said, “Absolutely,” but then added that “those children…were thrilled to be there” and went on to get married and raise families, so the abuse “didn’t kill them.” She said she felt badly for Jackson, who had “sexual needs” of his own, adding, “I blame, I guess, the parents who would allow their children to sleep with him.” After an uproar, Streisand said she was “profoundly sorry” for her words, adding that she had “nothing but sympathy for the accusers” and thinks their parents were “seduced by fame and fantasy.”
Dr. Dre became the butt of his own joke this week after gloating about his daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California. “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own,” the legendary rap producer said on Instagram, an apparent dig at the parents charged with bribing their children’s way into elite colleges, including USC. Yet fans quickly pointed out that the 54-year-old Dr. Dre, whose net worth is approaching $1 billion, gave USC $70 million in 2013 to create an undergraduate program that bears his name. He has since deleted the post. ■