Tuesday’s Mashup: Orchids of Asia Day Spa customer suing for violation of rights over videotaping that caught Robert Kraft

Lucy Burdge
April 16, 2019 - 7:58 am

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-- A customer at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa is suing the Jupiter Police and the Palm Beach County State Attorney for violation of his civil rights after he was one of many customers caught on tape by officials. 

Unlike Robert Kraft, this customer, called John Doe, did not engage in sexual activity and only received a massage.

“Defendants violated Mr. Doe’s constitutional rights on or around January 19, 2019, by spying on him while he was in a state of undress in a private massage room at a private spa facility, despite having failed to meet the constitutional requirements to secretly record him in such a private setting,” Doe’s complaint says.

“On January 18, 2019, upon information and belief, the Jupiter Police caused a false ‘suspicious package’ warning to be issued for the Spa. Having evacuated the Spa, the Jupiter Police then entered and installed video monitoring equipment in rooms in which clients received massages, as well as the lobby, pursuant to a search warrant,” it continues, and goes on to state Doe visited the spa the day after the cameras were installed.

“Mr. Doe did not engage in any sexual or illegal activity at any time while receiving his massage at the Spa,” the complaint says.

Doe argues he had a reasonable expectation of privacy while he was getting undressed for his massage and, despite this, “Jupiter Police shared these recordings with other individuals and organizations pursuing or acting in parallel with” the investigation.

He is concerned about the potential release of the video footage from inside the spa and further violation of his privacy.

Doe is seeking unspecified monetary damages and an injunction prohibiting the police and prosecutors from showing “any and all video, audio, photographic, or other recordings, or any images or other records derived from or based on recordings, made inside the Spa,” and ordering all such material destroyed.

-- A Vermont woman is being accused of kicking and biting police as she was being removed from the TD Garden during the Bruins game on Saturday night.

Stephanie Lavoie is facing charges of assault and battery on EMS personnel, disorderly conduct, assault and battery, resisting arrest and six counts of assault and battery on a police officer in Boston Municipal Court charges.

Security was escorting Lavoie and a man from the Garden when Lavoie became violent. The man left without incident.

“When officers attempted to remove the female patron, they were met with violent resistance,” police said. “The female began screaming at officers, threw herself to the ground and refused to leave the premise.”

Lavoie kicked one of the officers and was told she would be arrested for assault.

“At this time, the female, still on the ground, rolled over and tucked her hands underneath her body while lying on her purse refusing to comply with officers’ commands,” police said. “The female kicked at officers and spit on them before biting one of the officers on the arm. Eventually, the female was placed in handcuffs and escorted to an elevator in an attempt to avoid the stairs, due to her violent nature.”

After digging her nails in the skin of an officer and continuing the kick police, Lavoie was eventually placed in a stretcher by police, Boston EMS and TD Garden security.

“While on the stretcher, the female kicked the EMTs and spit on a staff member,” police said. “Officers placed a spit hood on the female and transported her to the district station where she refused booking after throwing a cup of water on the booking officer.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It doesn’t concern me. It’s just a bad start.” -- Alex Cora, on the Red Sox 6-11 start to the season