Trump spent an evening with the woman who founded the massage parlor in Florida where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was busted for prostitution.
On Friday morning, photos surfaced showing Trump smiling and palling around with the woman who started a chain of Florida massage parlors known for offering illicit sexual services.
The woman, Li Yang, is the founder and original owner of the South Florida massage parlor where Trump pal and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was filmed allegedly soliciting prostitution.
The photos of Yang and Trump, first reported by the Miami Herald, are from a Feb. 3 Super Bowl party at Trump's West Palm Beach country club. Yang appears to be taking a selfie next to Trump, who smiles for the camera. Less than three weeks after the photo was snapped, Kraft was arrested.
Beginning in 2007, Yang opened several Tokyo Day Spas in the South Florida area, one of which she sold in 2013 to another businesswoman who changed the name to Orchids of Asia. The Herald uncovered Internet reviews at the time suggesting sexual services were provided both at Yang's establishments and the new Orchids of Asia.
Several of Yang's spas showed up on adult websites created to help people find massage parlors that offer sexual services. One person suggested Tokyo Day Spa was a great place for a "rub and tug." Another person commented on Orchids of Asia in 2013, noting, "Used to be known as Tokyo Day Spa and Massage — most of the same girls still work there."
Kraft, who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee, was filmed entering Orchids of Asia on two consecutive days in late January. In late February, he was arrested as part of an anti-human trafficking sting operation which targeted Orchids of Asia and other massage parlors in the area. Yang was not arrested, but the owner of her former spa was charged with racketeering and running a house of prostitution.
Yang is also a financial supporter of Trump, with her and her close family donating more than $55,000 to Trump's campaign or affiliated political action committees.
However, Donald Trump is not the only one in his family friendly with Yang. There are photos on Yang's Facebook page of her smiling with Trump's adult sons, Eric and Don Jr. There are also photos of Yang with many Florida Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott.
Trump's proximity to Yang is far from his first sex-linked scandal. Trump allegedly had multiple affairs over the course of his three marriages, and is accused of felonies related to paying hush money to more than one mistress in order to keep them quiet in the closing weeks of the 2016 election.
Fox News knew of one of the affairs prior to the election, but refused to report the story in an attempt to help Trump win the White House.
Since then, Trump's former attorney and longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, has testified before Congress about Trump's hush-money payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels.
Apart from consensual affairs, Trump is also tied to nonconsensual sexual encounters including multiple accusations of sexual assault. In a widely viewed video, Trump can be heard bragging about his prowess as a serial sexual predator.
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them," Trump said. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything."
Many women have come forward to corroborate Trump's admission, including accusations of unwanted groping and unwanted kissing. One campaign volunteer came forward at the end of February — just a few weeks ago — accusing Trump of grabbing and kissing her without her consent.
As of now, neither Trump nor his sons have been accused of frequenting massage parlors for the purpose of soliciting prostitution. But the episode is just one more example of Trump palling around with shady characters.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.