New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been ordered to appear in a Florida court at the end of the month for arraignment on solicitation of prostitution charges, according to court papers filed Thursday.
But despite the paperwork — which explicitly states in all capital letters “The Defendant Must Be Present At This Hearing” — he doesn’t need to show up, his lawyers insisted.
The 77-year-old billionaire’s attorney Jack Goldberger said it was a “routine procedural hearing,” according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“The lawyer appears for the defendant in a misdemeanor case,” Goldberger wrote in an email. “The defendant does not appear.”
Kraft’s other lawyer, Alex Spiro, who is based in New York, confirmed to The Post that he won’t be appearing in person.
Kraft’s arraignment at the Palm Beach County court was rescheduled from March 27 to the next day at 9 a.m., the records show.
He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges last month through his attorney.
Kraft was one of hundreds of alleged johns charged with paying workers at various massage parlors for sex acts.
Prosecutors accused Kraft of visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter twice — including on Jan. 20, just hours before the Patriots won the AFC Championship.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” a spokesman for Kraft and the team said. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”