Video of the New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft in a Florida massage parlor will be released to the public, prosecutors said Wednesday in court documents, absent a court order forbidding them to do so.
The prosecutors said they were obligated to release the video under Florida law, as part of the prosecution of the parlor’s manager and owner. The Boston Globe was first to report the development.
Mr. Kraft has objected to the release of the video. “What is the interest the public has in seeing it? It’s basically pornography,” his lawyer William Burck said Friday.
In the documents, the prosecutors wrote, “The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”
They also added: “It is the practice of the Office of the State Attorney to pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public.”
Mr. Kraft, 77, is accused of paying for sexual acts at the parlor in Jupiter, Fla., in January. He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. He has pleaded not guilty and brought in legal firepower to fight the charges.
The threat to release the video could be seen as an effort by prosecutors to gain leverage over Mr. Kraft and encourage him to plead guilty in the case. He has been offered a deal that includes paying a fine and doing community service in return for a guilty plea.
He apologized in March to fans, co-workers and family, but denied committing any illegal acts.
Mr. Kraft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Several news organizations, including The New York Times, have filed a motion to oppose keeping evidence in the case private as Mr. Kraft has requested.
In their filing, the news organizations said that the Florida Constitution “does not provide a right of privacy in public records.”