The Cindy Yang scandali

Cindy Yang, also known as Li Yang, is a Chinese-American businesswoman and Republican Party fundraiser who started a chain of massage parlours in Florida. She hit the headlines in 2019 after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with paying for sex at a parlour Yang formerly owned. She was subsequently accused of selling Chinese clients access to US President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians. Her lawyer has denied the claim, and the White House has said Trump does not know Yang, but Democratic members of the House and Senate have pushed for an FBI investigation into possible links between the two.

  • Zhang Yujing was turned over to immigration officials in December 2019 after serving an eight-month sentence for trespassing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club
  • She was held in a Florida prison for three times as long as her prison term mainly because of deportation delays during the Covid-19 pandemic

Investigators obtained a subpoena seeking records from Bing Bing Peranio, an employee of Yang’s family’s spa business who contributed US$5,400.

Allegations by left-leaning US lawmakers have undone an effort to encourage political engagement within the community, National Committee of Asian American Republicans founder Cliff Zhonggang Li says.


Lee, who has used multiple identities and faced accusations of business fraud, advertised an event that Zhang Yujing said she was at Trump’s resort to attend.

The FBI is investigating whether Zhang Yujing was working as a Chinese intelligence operative, sources say. In court, she said she works for Shanghai Zhirong Asset Management, a private-equity business.

After Chinese national Zhang Yujing was arrested for entering a restricted area, Democrats called on the FBI to investigate how much of a national security risk Mar-a-Lago poses.

Prosecutors say Zhang Yujing told the Secret Service she was at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to use the pool and attend a ‘United Nations Friendship Event’.

Cindy Yang quit a position with the Asian GOP when it banned foreigners from fundraisers, after a ‘messy’ event whose guests included Chinese executives. Yang is a spa entrepreneur who once owned the Orchids of Asia massage parlour, where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly received sex services.

The National Committee of Asian American Republicans says it dismissed Yang after reports she was connected to a chain of spas that allegedly provide sexual services.


A day spa that led to prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. A consulting firm offering access to Donald Trump. One person helped found both: Cindy Yang.

Cindy Li Yang, a big donor to Donald Trump, founded a chain of massage parlours that included the Orchids of Asia spa where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly received sex services.

The Asian-themed spas, including the one where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested, are staffed with young women from China. Authorities say many women in the spas were brought from China under false pretences and forced to service many men a day.

Details regarding billionaire NFL mogul Robert Kraft’s visits to massage parlour, where police say some workers born in China were forced to live, released in court documents

Robert Kraft, whose New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions, was twice videotaped receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlour, police say. The billionaire, 77, denies wrongdoing after he was caught up in a massive police sting against sex trafficking.