Ricki Lander is getting some viral attention as pictures of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are spreading across the internet in the wake of his charges for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.
Kraft was charged on Friday with solicitation of a prostitute in Jupiter, Florida. These charges come as part of a massive sting pertaining to an alleged human trafficking operation at a series of massage parlors there. As ESPN reported, the Patriots owner had not yet been arrested on the misdemeanor charge, and has maintained his innocence.
The charges have shined attention on Kraft and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Ricki Lander. The two have been together for more than six years, though it was not clear how serious the relationship might be.
Ricki Lander did have some fame before her relationship with Robert Kraft, appearing in television shows such as Ugly Betty, True Blood, and Blue Bloods.
As pictures of Lander gained viral attention, many wondered what could have brought the couple together. Lander and Kraft had already drawn considerable attention for their 40-year age difference, with The Daily Mail noting that the two started dating sometime around 2012 -- following the death of Kraft's wife, Myra. The report noted that Robert Kraft was despondent over the death of his wife and threw himself into his work, often working seven days a week. Sources said that the relationship with Ricki Lander helped Kraft to get over his loss.