Li Yang was one of the privileged individuals to spend Super Bowl Sunday cheering for the New England Patriots with President Donald Trump at his West Palm Beach country club, snapping a quick photo with the president to post on social media.
And according to the Miami Herald, Yang is also the founder of the spa in Jupiter, Florida where Patriots owner Robert Kraft stands accused of soliciting prostitution just 19 days later.
The Orchids of Asia Day Spa was one of many such establishments the 45-year-old “self-made entrepreneur from China” has started over the years, though the Herald reported that Yang sold this particular spa in 2013 and noted that Yang has not been charged in relation to the sex trafficking case that swept up Kraft.
Still, her spas reportedly have gained a reputation of offering sexual services, and the Orchids of Asia Day Spa was rumored to offer sexual services prior to Yang's decision to sell it.
Of the day spas Yang founded — most under the name Tokyo Day Spa — several are still owned by her family, and her husband manages at least one location.
Websites set up for men seeking spas explicitly for sexual favors indicate that Tokyo Day Spas are locations where one can find such extras.
“If you’re just wanting to get a ‘rub and tug,’ this might be one of the best places in West Palm Beach,” one Internet commenter wrote about a Tokyo Day Spa, according to the Herald.
The newspaper also noted that a “massage therapist at a different location informed police in late 2016 that some employees at the parlor were selling sex and said management encouraged the behavior.”
Yang told the Herald that she and her family had not broken the law but did not comment as to whether she knew of allegations that her parlors were offering sexual services.
She also said she is planning a move to Washington, D.C., and is getting out of the business.
The Herald reported that Yang’s social media accounts appear to reflect this new life chapter, revealing that over the past couple of years, the Chinese businesswoman, who came to the United States 20 years ago, has taken numerous photos with prominent Republicans — despite largely having been politically inactive prior to Trump’s bid for the presidency.
According to the Herald: “Her Facebook is covered in photos of herself standing with President Trump, his two sons, Eric and Donald Jr., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rick Scott, Sarah Palin, the president’s campaign manager and an assortment of other high-level Republican operators she has met at charity events, political fundraisers and galas, many of which require hefty donations to attend. She sometimes carries a rhinestone encrusted MAGA clutch purse.”
Yang’s political giving has seen a jump as well: both “she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign.”
About three years ago, Yang announced on Facebook that she was embarking on a “new life,” which seems to entail a deep dive into conservative politics as well as broadening her portfolio to “include an investment consulting business, a travel agency and a charity.”
And her political support appears to be fully behind Trump: the caption of her Superbowl selfie with Trump smiling in the background read, “We love our president.”