Who Is Robert Kraft's Girlfriend? All About Ricki Lander, the Actress Dating the Patriots Owner
Robert Kraft has been charged him with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking sting tied to a chain of Florida massage parlors
Robert Kraft‘s name was back in the headlines on Friday, as police charged him with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a human trafficking sting tied to a chain of Florida massage parlors.
The 77-year-old owner of the NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots has denied the allegations, but Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said there is video evidence of Kraft and the 24 other men who are being charged with solicitation.
The allegations stem from two separate visits by Kraft to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which has been identified as the alleged anchor of an international human trafficking and prostitution network, the Palm Beach Post reported. Police said Kraft’s visits to the spa occurred in January.
Kraft’s girlfriend, 39-year-old Ricki Lander, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the charged.
In March, it was revealed Lander secretly welcomed a baby girl the previous fall. The child was rumored to be Kraft’s, though he denied he was the father of the child at the time.
“Last fall, Ricki Noel Lander became the proud mother of a beautiful, healthy baby,” his spokesperson told PEOPLE in 2018. “While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further.”
Kraft and Lander had been dating for five years at the time, with Kraft traveling between his homes in Boston and Los Angeles, where Lander lives in a house he owns, a source told PEOPLE.
They were last seen together on Feb. 2 in Atlanta at the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the College Football Hall of Fame. Before that, they walked the red carpet at The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Tribute to Martin Scorsese in New York City on Nov. 19.
Here are five other things to know about Lander:
1. She’s an Actress
Although Lander hasn’t appeared in any roles in the past few years, according to her IMDB page she has had numerous small roles in television shows, including guest appearances on Ugly Betty, True Blood and Blue Bloods — which happens to star Tom Brady’s ex Bridget Moynahan.
Most recently, Lander appeared in the 2015 movie Ant-Man as Gorgeous Blonde, alongside Paul Rudd.
2. She’s a Strong Supporter of the Arts
Lander currently serves on the board of trustees for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, a modern dance company founded by legendary African-American dancer Alvin Ailey.
And in 2016, she co-chaired the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.
3. She Has Her Own Line of Sports Apparel
In January 2014, Lander created an NFL-themed clothing line for women called Let Loose by NRL for Fanatics, a sports merchandise retailer.
According to the website, she started the brand after noticing “a gap in team gear for young, style-conscious women.”
The clothing line features merchandise for a variety of MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL and NCAA college teams.
4. Lander’s Relationship with Kraft Has Had Its Ups and Downs
Although the pair began dating in 2013, they were reportedly not together in February 2017 when Kraft was spotted with another woman at a Celtics Game, according to the Boston Globe.
The outlet reported that Kraft was seen at with another woman at a private party he hosted before that year’s Super Bowl game, which the Patriots won.
Lander and Kraft were first spotted together in 2012, about a year after the death of Kraft’s wife of nearly 50 years, Myra, who died at age 68 after a battle with cancer. The businessman has four adult sons with Myra.
A source previously told PEOPLE that many in Kraft’s circle were surprised when he moved on after Myra’s death, noting, “He was devoted to his late wife and loved her so much and was devastated by her death, so people find his new relationship with this woman who is so much younger to be surprising.”
In a 2013 interview with the Boston Globe, Kraft admitted how lonely he had been since his wife’s death.
“I sort of feel robbed,” Kraft said of losing his wife. “I try to stay very busy, I basically work seven days a week. I try to do new things, to meet new people.”
Though he didn’t directly address his then-fairly new relationship with Lander, Kraft told the Globe, “I tell you, I would never sit in judgment of anyone, as long as they’re good folks. I would never judge their life because it’s important to know their feelings.”
5. The pair starred in a viral video together
In 2012, a video of Kraft helping a bikini-clad Lander prepare for an audition for the 2013 film The Internship was posted online on Barstool Sports.
During the video, which was later removed by Fox, the then-71-year-old tried to persuade Lander’s character to let him buy her a drink as he read lines delivered in the film by Owen Wilson. Later in the clip, according to CBS4 WBZ, Kraft could be seen dancing and throwing a punch at a man after some salty comments.
After the clip went viral, Kraft made a statement in which he revealed that he never thought the video would be made public and that he planned to stick to his day job moving forward.
“I tried to help Ricki prepare an audition tape for an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy by reading Wilson’s lines,” Kraft said, according to the New York Daily News. “I never intended that it would be made public and I regret that it has. I think we can all agree that Owen Wilson has nothing to worry about. I am going to stick to my day job.”