Patriots owner Robert Kraft won't have to appear at arraignment hearing, lawyer says
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not be required to attend his arraignment hearing later this month on charges of soliciting prostitution, his lawyer told The Boston Globe on Thursday.

The Globe and other outlets initially reported that a court document indicated Kraft was required to be present at the March 28 hearing and that a failure to appear could spark an arrest warrant.


But attorney Jack Goldberger told the Globe in an email on Thursday that "the notice of appearance by the defendant is boilerplate, but in fact the lawyer appears for the defendant in a misdemeanor case.” Goldberger called the arraignment a "routine procedural hearing."

Kraft pleaded not guilty late last month to two charges of soliciting prostitution, and he has denied the allegations through his attorney. He is unlikely to face jail time if convicted, but could be ordered to pay fines or perform community service if convicted.

Kraft, 77, was charged last month by Florida police along with more than 20 other individuals as part of a prostitution sting. Police have said they have video evidence of the encounters.

Kraft is a longtime friend of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE's. The two have spent time together at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort, and Trump reportedly prioritized an issue related to the NFL on Kraft's behalf during recent trade negotiations with Canada.

Trump has called the charges against Kraft "very sad."