This article was originally published on February 9, 2018, at 1:58 p.m.
EST and has been updated with more details.
The news of the alleged villas broke on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it appears the villas in question were being leased by Babcock.
In the past, Babcock has been criticized for being too cozy with the Chinese government, particularly with the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
The Times reports that the villa at 1575 West 14th Street is being marketed as “an escape from the U.S. military base at Fort Benning, Georgia.”
The story is based on a story by the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, who first published the alleged allegations last week.
Rubin also noted that the Chinese Ministry of Education did not respond to requests for comment.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that a group of Chinese nationals who live in the area where the alleged residences are located have filed a complaint with the city’s Housing Authority.
It says the owners of the properties have not yet been identified.
The alleged villa owners also claim they are facing harassment and threats, according to the Times.
The Times story says that the property was purchased in 2013 for $3.4 million.
It adds that it is unclear how the villases were leased, as the building has not been registered with the government.
The allegations come after a lawsuit filed in May by two Chinese nationals named Wang Xiong and Zhang Yanfang, both of whom claim to own the villasu.
The suit alleges that the couple has been renting the villashares at the same address for about a year, and has since had to sell the building because of the amount of money the family has been forced to pay to the developer.