Robert Kraft’s lawyers blast secretly recorded sex-sting videos as illegal

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s lawyers on Thursday blasted the police for secretly recording him in a prostitution sting, saying they resorted to the most “indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement.”

Kraft’s high-powered legal team wants to block prosecutors from using those videos, which purportedly show him involved in sex acts at a massage parlor in Jupiter. The videos are central to efforts to prosecute him on two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.

He is one of the 25 men charged after the investigation at Orchids of Asia Day Spa, with hundreds more ensnared in an investigation across the state.

“Florida resorted to the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement — taking continuous video recordings of private massages in which customers would be stripping naked as a matter of course — in order to prosecute what are at most (according to Florida’s own allegations) misdemeanor offenses,” wrote attorneys Jack Goldberger of West Palm Beach, William Burck of Washington, D.C., and Alex Spiro of New York.

Kraft, a 77-year-old billionaire who lives in Massachusetts and has a home in Palm Beach, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty and requested a trial. He has declined a plea offer that would have resulted in the charges going away if he admitted that he would have been found guilty by a jury.

In Thursday’s court filing, Kraft’s lawyers asked the judge to order the videos can’t be used, “because we do not live in a police state and our government answers to the rule of law.”

Palm Beach County prosecutors declined to comment Thursday about Kraft’s new arguments, citing a policy of not discussing pending cases outside of court.

Kraft’s lawyers claim the cops violated his Constitutional rights against “unreasonable search and seizure” by planting video cameras at the massage parlor through a court-approved warrant.