Wife of Diplomat in Sex Scandal Files for Divorce

The wife of a former Korean consul at the Shanghai Consulate General involved in a sex scandal has filed for divorce and alimony of W200 million (US$1=W1,086), it emerged Monday. The diplomat, identified as Huh, resigned over his involvement with a Chinese woman named Deng Xinming after reports said confidential information was leaked to the woman and raised suspicions that she was a "honey trap."

Huh's wife, identified as Yoo, originally filed divorce and alimony of W100 million on March 4, but after media reports about the sex scandal she dropped her original suit and later doubled her alimony demand.

Yoo reportedly made up her mind to divorce her husband, when he resigned after being investigated by the Justice Ministry over the sex scandal in January.

Yoo, a doctor, reportedly has a sizable fortune of her own, but a spouse who files for divorce is eligible to request division of property.

Huh was assigned to the Consulate General in Shanghai in August 2009.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 27, 2011 10:33 KST