A Florida judge tossed secretly recorded spa videos in a case related to NFL owner Robert Kraft — serving yet another blow to the high-profile massage parlor bust.
Palm Beach County Judge Joseph Marx ruled Monday that prosecutors can’t use the surveillance footage from Orchids of Asia day spa as evidence in the trials against two masseuses.
Lei Wang, 40, and Hua Zhang, 58, face more than a dozen charges after they were allegedly taped providing sexual services to clients, including the 77-year-old New England Patriots owner. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The decision to throw out the videos comes after another judge ruled last week the alleged rub-and-tub footage was inadmissible in Kraft’s case, in which the billionaire faces misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
Marx sided with Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser who is presiding over Kraft’s legal proceedings. Both judges said law enforcement didn’t do enough to protect innocent customers, pointing to how the warrant to install cameras in the spa didn’t include instructions on how to minimize surveilling legitimate massages.
Kraft was set to appear before Hanser on Tuesday to set the date for his trial, but the judge canceled the calendar call so prosecutors could appeal the spa surveillance footage motion.
The prosecutors in Wang and Zhang’s case are expected to follow suit.
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