Robert Kraft Ordered to Appear in Court in Prostitution Case

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been ordered to appear by a Florida court as his arraignment date to face soliciting prostitution charges in Palm Beach County was rescheduled for a second time.

Court documents show that the 77-year-old Brookline, Massachusetts, resident will be arraigned on Thursday, March 28, pushing back the rescheduled hearing by a day.

“The defendant must be present at this hearing,” the document stated, adding that if he failed to appear before a judge, he would face a warrant for his arrest.

Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another for prostitution after authorities in Jupiter, Florida, said they caught him on video engaging in sex acts twice — including once hours before this year’s AFC Championship Game — at an illicit massage parlor called the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

The new arraignment date comes as The New York Times reports Kraft hired two heavy-hitting attorneys to defend him against the charges, which he has adamantly denied.

Kraft was among hundreds of men charged with soliciting prostitution in February amid a wide-ranging investigation into human trafficking at massage parlor spas.

His previous arraignment date of March 27 would have coincided with the annual NFL meetings, which he’s expected to attend. His original arraignment date was slated for April 24.

The case has put a spotlight on human trafficking.

If convicted, the Patriots owner could face up to a year behind bars, according to prosecutors. However, while it’s unlikely that he’ll receive a jail sentence, legal experts tell NBC10 Boston he may face other legal and legacy-related issues as a result of the allegations.