Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution, but his fight in the court right now has more to do with the alleged sex-tapes that he is trying to keep from being released to the public.
The legal fight over those tapes taken at Orchids of Asia Day Spa took a drastic turn when prosecutors filed a request for criminal contempt charges against two of Kraft’s lawyers, stemming from their apparent courtroom conduct last week.
Via USA Today:
The hearing in question reportedly dealt with the video captured by police of Kraft and other patrons inside Orchids of Asia that has been described as “basically pornography.” Judge Leonard Hanser is expected to rule on the admissibility of the video as evidence soon.
The prosecutors’ complaint reportedly revolves around their claim that Kraft defense attorneys William Burck and Alex Spiro intentionally made a “false statement of fact” during an examination of police officer Scott Kimbark, who initially identified Kraft after he left the spa on Jan. 19.
Per the report, Kraft’s attorneys argued in court that police did not have probable cause to stop Kraft and questioned Kimbark if he had mentioned fabricating a story.
“Did you say, jokingly or not, that you would, ‘make some [expletive] up?’” Spiro reportedly asked Kimbark.
“I’m sure I say a lot of things that are captured on body-worn camera, however, I do not remember specifically saying that,” Kimbark responded. “As it seems like it’s a home run on your side, I would (not) have (brought) that profane word up.”
Prosecutors wrote in the filing that “a review of the radio transmissions and the body worn camera video conclusively show that Officer Kimbark never made the inflammatory remark.”
“Both Attorneys Spiro and Burck represented to the Court that they had watched the body camera tape and heard this comment allegedly made during a previous stop,” the state attorney wrote in the filing. “Either the assertion that they had reviewed the tape was untrue, or their representation of what occurred during the tape was untrue.”
William Burck went on to tell USA Today they have evidence that Kimbark made the remark and will submit it Wednesday.
“We will have a full explanation of the evidence to show everything Alex asked about and it will back up what he said in court,” Burck said.
It is quite apparent this fight is far from over.