Crime

Customers who were videotaped at Kraft-connected Florida spa file class-action lawsuit

Key Points
  • The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that prosecutors and the Jupiter Police Department violated their rights to privacy when they were videotaped receiving massages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January.
The scene outside Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, FL where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is alleged to have solicited prostitution, is pictured on Feb. 22, 2019.
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Nearly three dozen men and women filed a federal class-action lawsuit alleging Florida authorities unlawfully videotaped them as they received legal massages at a parlour where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly paid for sex.

The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that prosecutors and the Jupiter Police Department violated their rights to privacy when they were videotaped receiving massages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January.

The lawsuit was originally filed Friday with 17 accusers. It also alleges that Jupiter police unlawfully obtained the warrants allowing them to install cameras. None of the 31 plaintiffs has been charged with a crime.

The state attorney's office declined comment.

Jupiter police didn't respond to an email or phone call seeking comment.

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California soda tax bill shelved, in reprieve for beverage industry

Key Points
  • A bill that would have slapped a statewide tax on sugary drinks in California stalls when the lawmaker who authored it shelves the legislation until next year.
  • The measure would have imposed a tax of 2 cents per fluid ounce on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as teas, and sports and energy drinks.
  • The bill seeks to use the tax revenue to help fund programs to combat diabetes and other chronic health conditions.