Video footage of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and 24 other men charged in a South Florida sex sting won't be released to the public-- yet.
Circuit Court Judge Joseph Marx issued a protective order Wednesday stopping the premature release of footage, according to the USA Today. Video could still become available as soon as an April 29 hearing.
Marx is handling the case against Hua Zhang and Lei Wang, owners of Orchids of Asia Day Spa. The Jupiter, Fla. spa allegedly served as a front for a prostitution ring frequented by wealthy and high-profile clients,
The footage likely includes images of defendants as well as sex workers who face no charges.
Law enforcement said massage parlors run by Zhang and Wang were part of a human trafficking ring, and that sex workers were living and working in the spas, sleeping on massage tables at night. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder in a February press conference said the women were being held and required to engage in "graphic sexual sexual activity" and "very risky behavior."
Marx temporarily blocked release of the footage the same day prosecutors filed a motion stating they "cannot delay the release" of the video without a judge's order. Florida's Sunshine Law makes trial evidence public during the discovery phase of the trial after the conclusion of an active investigation.
But Kraft's legal team said the threatened release of the videos as part of a separate criminal case reveals a dishonorable intent by prosecutors. Kraft's case is being heard by Judge Leonard Hasner.
"Releasing the videos now would flout both Judge Hasner's and this court's authority, adding to a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct that is nothing short of appalling," wrote attorney Jack Goldberger in an intervening motion.
The owner of the spa where Kraft allegedly engaged in these activities was infamously photographed with President Donald Trump at a Super Bowl watch party this past February.