Cultural Center 'Tried to Cover Up Spokesman Scandal'

      May 14, 2013 13:06

      A staffer with the Korean Cultural Center in Washington who called the police with allegations that presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung molested an embassy intern may also have been the source who made the scandal public.

      The woman, who has since quit, shared a room with the victim. She found the victim crying in the room after Yoon had allegedly exposed himself to her on Wednesday morning and called the police.

      The very first online post that divulged the scandal on the website Missy USA, an online community of Korean women in the U.S., was written by an acquaintance of the staffer's.

      According to sources in Washington D.C., the woman was hired as an administrator at the end of last year and was in charge of training and managing interns for the presidential visit.

      The victim of the sexual assault applied for the internship through the administrator.

      There are suspicions that the Korean Embassy, which runs the center, tried to sweep the matter under the carpet when she initially reported it to her boss there.

      A source at the center quoted the boss as saying, "What can a silly young girl do?" "The reaction infuriated the administrator, and led her to immediately report it to the police."

      She then quit and has not been answering her phone since. The center claims she was already set to leave after the presidential visit and denied it fired her or tried to cover up the incident.

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