Category: Zhong Gong

No jail for man accused of battery

Restraining orders issued PASADENA – Hong Bao Zhang smiled as his attorney, Mark Geragos, gave him the thumbs-up after a judge announced that Zhang would not go to jail, serve probation or pay restitution to his former housekeeper. Zhang, 52, of Pasadena, had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery on his former housekeeper, Nan Fang He, who had accused him of beating and falsely imprisoning her. On Tuesday afternoon, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Janice Croft sentenced Zhang to pay a $100 restitution fine. Croft said Zhang would not have to pay restitution to Nan Fang He, nor would he have

Exiled Chinese spiritual leader pleads no contest to misdemeanor

PASADENA, Calif. – The founder of an outlawed Chinese spiritual movement pleaded no contest to a charge of hitting his former housekeeper, avoiding deportation or jail time. Hongbao Zhang, 52, exiled founder of the Zhong Gong movement, entered the plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of battery, said defense attorney Mark Geragos. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and received credit for a day spent in the Los Angeles County jail, said district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. “We felt this was an appropriate outcome,” she said. In addition, a Superior Court judge granted restraining orders that bar Hongbao from

Exiled leader admits battery

PASADENA — The exiled leader of a Chinese spiritual movement whose disciples have numbered in the millions pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor charge of battering a housekeeper at his Pasadena home. Hongbao Zhang is the founder and “master’ of Zhong Gong, a Chinese spiritual movement that had a reported 38 million adherents in 1990. Zhang was arrested in March 2003 for the alleged beating of housekeeper Nan Fang He at his gated estate in Pasadena. The Pasadena police report on the incident described it as a “brutal beating’ where Zhang choked the housekeeper and bashed her head against

Chinese guru Zhang sues opponents

Charges of grand theft, fraud, extortion are among those alleged PASADENA — The dispute between Chinese spiritual guru Hong Bao Zhang, the housekeeper he is accused of assaulting and a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese dissidents has reached the local courts as Zhang and his supporters filed another round of civil lawsuits. The complaints include accusations including fraud, grand theft and extortion. One complaint alleges Zhang’s housekeeper “maliciously punctured’ the forehead of one of the guru’s followers with a thorn, spoiling her chances for marriage. Zhang, 50, of Pasadena, is the exiled founder of Zhong Gong, a Chinese spiritual wellness

China Sect Leader Faces California Trial for Assault

PASADENA (Reuters) – An exiled Chinese sect leader who aspires to someday return to his country and rule it will be tried on charges that he assaulted a housekeeper in his Pasadena, California home, a judge ruled on Monday. After a four-day preliminary hearing, Hong Bao Zhang, 49, was ordered Monday afternoon to stand trial on charges that he beat his housekeeper, pulled her by her hair into a bedroom and slammed her head into a bedpost after becoming angry with her for mismanaging a household construction project. Pasadena Superior Court Judge Judson W. Morris Jr. found sufficient evidence to

Chinese guru’s hearing begins

Spiritual leader accused of assault PASADENA — A Chinese spiritual guru who reportedly once had 38 million followers says the criminal charges against him are false and the result of a continuing campaign of persecution by the communist Chinese government. Hong Bao Zhang, 49, was in Pasadena Superior Court on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing, where he was represented by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. Zhang founded the Zhong Gong spiritual movement in 1987. By 1990, Zhong Gong was said to be the largest of the Chinese “qi qong‘ organizations spiritual wellness groups that use meditation and breathing exercises to promote

Zhang preliminary hearing begins

PASADENA — A Chinese spiritual guru accused of punching and kicking his housekeeper and slamming her head against a sofa heard her tearful testimony about the ordeal during a preliminary hearing that began Tuesday. Nan Fang He, 49, cried as she described the extensive beating she allegedly received at the hands of Hong Bao Zhang, 49, founder of the Zhong Gong spiritual movement. Zhong Gong was founded in China in 1987 and has reportedly had as many as 38 million followers. Zhang has been charged with four felonies in the case, including assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. He

Lawsuit added against Zhang

Experts say suits may hinder democracy Pasadena Star-News, Aug. 1, 2003 By Marshall Allen, Staff Writer PASADENA — Chinese dissidents who formerly followed the founder of the Zhong Gong spiritual movement have filed another lawsuit against him, intensifying a conflict that may be detrimental to the democracy movement in China, experts say. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of accusations against Hong Bao Zhang, 49, that claim the exiled founder of Zhong Gong is a violent racketeer. “(Hong Bao Zhang’s) esteem is down, obviously,’ said John Kusumi, an observer of the democracy in China movement with the

Hearing date set for Chinese dissident charged with attacking Pasadena housekeeper

Associated Press, July 22, 2003 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The exiled leader of an outlawed Chinese spiritual movement appeared in court Tuesday for the scheduling of a preliminary hearing date in his kidnapping and assault case. Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson said Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling scheduled an Aug. 19 hearing for Hongbao Zhang. Zhang, 49, is charged with four felonies, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with the alleged March 15 beating of his housekeeper, Nan Fang He. The housekeeper told police Zhang, also known as Zhang Hongbao, attacked her during a dispute over