Despite his successful murder conviction of Steven Avery, Ken Kratz has not been able to escape controversy. Not only did the former district attorney become involved in a sexting controversy with a victim of domestic violence, but he also rose to infamy for his villainous role in the hit documentary, Making A Murderer. Now, in an effort to repair his public image, Kratz is blaming his past actions on his addiction to prescription medication.
“I had become dependent on a combination of prescription medications, and started behaving in a very erratic, really creepy way,” Kratz explained in an interview with Radar Online. “Including hitting on people as part of my job. It culminated in sending these text messages to a crime victim.”
Two years after Avery’s conviction for the murder of Teresa Halbach, Kratz was accused of sending explicit texts to a young woman who was also a victim of domestic violence. In fact, Radar Online is reporting that Kratz defended the young woman’s boyfriend, making the sexting scandal even more disturbing.
“Hey..Miss Communication, what’s the sticking point? Your low-self esteem and you fear you can’t play in my big sandbox?” Kratz texted the young woman. “I’m the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize!”
Kratz’s texts did not end there. The attorney went on to urge the young woman to meet him privately, and promised that their fling would only last until her boyfriend’s trial was over. Fortunately, the woman kept the messages and later released them to the police as evidence of Kratz’s harassment.
Following the release of his text messages, Kratz was forced to resign as district attorney and was suspended from practicing law. While the identity of the young woman is unknown, She Knows is reporting that Kratz agreed to pay her a considerable sum as the two parties settled out of court.
In addition to the payment, Kratz claims to have lost his family, his home, and eventually filed for bankruptcy. Apparently, he blames his addiction to prescription pills as the main reason why he lost so much in the wake of Avery’s case and the sexting scandal.
Despite his ruined reputation and disgraced law practice, Kratz remains adamant that he is a changed man. During the time he was unemployed, Kratz stated that he went to treatment in order to deal with addictions, and he claims that he is now a very different person than what viewers saw in Making A Murderer.
“All of these consequences forced me to change. I completely changed my personality. If you watch the Netflix series, I’m arrogant, narcissistic, I’m a d*ck! It’s not an attractive personality that’s out there. Some of that bravado was required [for the job], but some of that was me. But that’s not me now.”
To be fair, Kratz did become the focus of outrage after many watched the documentary on Avery’s trial. The fact that many believed Avery was wrongfully convicted, and that the police had planted evidence in order to ensure a conviction, did not help Kratz’s case.
Kratz now helps people who are fighting addiction and is very unhappy with the attention he gets from the documentary series. In fact, Kratz admitted that his dark past is not something he appreciated being brought back into the light.
“It’s now become an opportunity to shame me, and try to define me as the person who engaged in that texting, that kind of behavior,” he stated. “Now I’m looked upon like I should remain embarrassed and ashamed of that part of my life. But I’m not. I’m very thankful all that happened.”
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