Florida prosecutors are reportedly already prepared to cut a deal with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Kraft was among 25 people charged last month with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida "spa" where women worked in "sexual servitude," police said at the time. Now, prosecutors are saying they'll drop the charges against Kraft and the other people charged if they "admit they would have been proven guilty at trial," The Wall Street Journal reports.
Under the reported deal, all the people charged in the prostitution sting would have to take an education course on prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, be tested for STDs, and pay some court fees to get their charges dropped, per the Journal. But in what the Journal calls an "unusual provision," those charged would also have to look at the evidence against them and admit that, if they faced a trial, they'd be proven guilty.
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A spokesperson for the Florida state attorney's office said this is "the standard resolution for first-time offenders," per the Journal. Kraft's lawyers denied any illegal activity after his arrest, so there's a chance he may still try to fight the charges in court.
Police in Jupiter, Florida, unveiled their bust of a massive prostitution ring centered in a Palm Beach County massage parlor last month. The founder and former owner of the spa, Cindy Yang, was later found to have visited President Trump's club at Mar-a-Lago several times, was invited to the White House, and reportedly said she could sell access to Trump. Kraft and Trump have been close friends for years.
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