In an emergency court hearing this week, attorneys for Orchids of Asia Day Spa’s manager, Lei Wang, revealed that hidden camera footage showing two employees performing manual and oral sex acts on Patriots owner Robert Kraft had been leaked to several media outlets. This hearing was just one day after a temporary order to prevent the release had been granted.
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On Wednesday, Wang’s lawyers, according to a report by the Daily Mail, appeared before Judge Leonard Hanser asking that every video that the Jupiter Police Department recorded during its sting operation be barred from release. They argued that if the footage made its way to the press, their client’s access to a fair trial would be compromised.
Wang is currently facing 30 criminal counts, including maintaining a house of prostitution, soliciting an individual to commit prostitution, and deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution.
While a temporary order to restrict the release of the videos was granted, Wang’s attorneys made their way to court again on Thursday after learning that a third party approached The Blast, offering to sell footage from the spa that featured Kraft.
Wang’s attorneys claim that the video had to have originated from the Jupiter Police Department or State Attorney’s office, arguing that someone inside of one of those organizations had to be responsible for the leak. They requested both agencies be held in contempt.
However, law enforcement had previously noted that Hua Zhang, the spa owner, had hidden cameras installed in the facility, casting a level of uncertainty regarding the origin of the videos.
The Blast was reportedly approached about the footage earlier this week.
“Representatives of our news operation viewed the footage, and upon watching, can verify the tape appears to show Kraft in the massage parlor with another person, presumably the massage therapist,” said The Blast.
“In the video, the 77-year-old is already undressed and laying on the massage table with his hands placed behind his head,” the report continued. “The camera angle is an overhead shot, and it’s believed the camera was placed in the ceiling.”
The report noted that “only a portion of the videos collected by authorities” were made available to view, adding that “it was enough to verify it’s legit.”
A lawyer prosecuting the case for the 15th judicial circuit initially stated that he planned to comply with media requests for copies of the footage. However, it was later revealed that the lawyer did not have the authority to make that decision or release the videos to other parties.
Just a few hours later, a circuit court judge ruled that videos featuring Kraft or any of the other accused men would not be released until a hearing was held. Kraft is expected to attend a hearing on April 29.