May 13, 2013 09:44
The abrupt sacking of former presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung during President Park Geun-hye's U.S. visit has embroiled her administration in its first scandal.
The sexual offense allegedly committed by Yoon during the trip was unexpected and could be seen as a private matter for Yoon, but the former journalist had been hand-picked by the president over the objections of some old hands.
Yoon allegedly waited naked in his hotel room for a Korean Embassy intern assigned to look after him and then grabbed her buttocks.
"Yoon himself is totally responsible for what happened," said one Saenuri Party official. "But the public and some lawmakers and government officials feel the president was rash to appoint Yoon even though many people warned her not to. That is why the president is being held partly responsible."
Park apparently wants to apologize for the incident during a meeting with senior secretaries on Monday.
Chief presidential secretary Huh Tae-yeol already performed the customary bow of apology at a nationally televised press conference on Sunday. A Cheong Wa Dae official said Park would comment on the incident later.
Senior presidential secretary for public relations Lee Nam-ki has offered to take the fall for Yoon's misconduct.
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