Patriots owner Robert Kraft is breaking his silence after being charged with soliciting prostitution, saying he has "extraordinary respect for women."
"I am truly sorry," Kraft said Saturday in his first public statement regarding the situation. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard."
Kraft continued: "Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.
"As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect."
Kraft was not arrested last month but was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. He is accused of paying for sexual services at a day spa in Jupiter, Florida.
Investigators said that surveillance footage captured Kraft allegedly receiving sexual services. Kraft is not accused of or charged with human trafficking.
The spa had been under police surveillance in connection with an investigation into a human trafficking ring, and police say that hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued as part of the probe in recent days.
Kraft, who owns a home near the spa in question, denies any allegations of wrongdoing.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity," a spokesperson for Kraft said.