What I’m Hearing: TC Palm’s Arnie Rosenberg from the Jupiter Police Department where detectives allege New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitutes.
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, police in Florida said Friday.
Police said Kraft paid for sexual services at a Jupiter, Florida, spa under investigation for ties to an international human trafficking ring.
Kraft, who is less than three weeks removed from his team’s sixth Super Bowl title this millennium, is a widower. He and Myra Hiatt Kraft were married for 48 years before Myra died in 2011 at age 68 after battling ovarian cancer for more than a year.
“Myra and I had something that was unusual, I think,” Robert Kraft told Forbes in 2012. “For 10 months after Myra died, I cried every night. I would go out at nights to the events and parties, things I would have normally done with her, then come home to an empty house.”
Kraft, who bought the Patriots in 1994, donated $20 million to Harvard Business School to create the Kraft Endowment for Advancing Precision Medicine in 2015. The donation supported research and clinical trials to better understand genomic testing and individualized patient treatment plans. Precision medicine helped treat Myra Kraft during her cancer battle, the Kraft family said in its statement at the time.
Robert and Myra met at Brandeis University and married in 1963. She proposed after their first date. Both were active in philanthropic causes throughout their marriage. They had four sons: Jonathan, Daniel, Joshua and David.
Jonathan is the president of the Patriots and the Kraft group, the holding company for the family’s business interests. He oversees Patriots management and strategic planning across departments, per the Patriots website. He also represents the Patriots at league meetings alongside his father.
Robert Kraft has dated 39-year-old Ricki Noel Lander for six years, according to People magazine. Lander gave birth to daughter Monarch Somer in fall 2017. Lander and Kraft both said that Kraft, now 77, was not Monarch’s biological father.
Kraft does support mother and baby, a representative confirmed to People.
“Last fall, Ricki Noel Lander became the proud mother of a beautiful, healthy baby,” the representative told People. “While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further.”
Lander was with Kraft in Atlanta earlier this month to celebrate the Patriots’ 13-3 Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.
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The NFL on Friday released a statement about Kraft: “The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”
The Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Kraft allegedly solicited sexual services in Jupiter, was one of 10 shut down in Florida across Orlando, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Arrest records say the investigation – which began in October – found women there in “sexual servitude.”
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