President Donald Trump said Friday it is “very sad” that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is a close friend of the president, was charged with allegedly soliciting prostitution at a spa in Florida.
“It’s very sad. I was very surprised to see it,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office. “He’s proclaimed his innocence totally, but I’m very surprised to see it.”
Kraft is facing two charges of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, Fla., as part of a larger investigation into several day spas and massage parlors. While Kraft is a resident of Massachusetts, he has owned property in Palm Beach.
The New England Patriots owner was reportedly caught on video in two instances visiting Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where authorities said there was evidence of human trafficking. He is one of 25 people facing charges.