Rowdy Passenger 'Can't Remember Being Restrained by Crooner'

  • By Choi Jae-yong

    December 27, 2016 10:55


    A passenger who went on a drunken rampage on a Korean Air flight and had to be restrained by crooner Richard Marx claims to have no memory of the incident.

    The 34-year-old man identified as Im appeared at Incheon International Airport police on Monday morning accompanied by his lawyer. Wearing a surgical mask and a beanie, Im told reporters that he admits the charges but has no memory of what happened because he was drunk.

    "I am deeply sorry for the people who were hurt by what I did."

    Marx's wife in a tweet described Im as a "psycho" after he hit other passengers and flight attendants.

    Asked whether he had been abusing whatever clout he had as a member of a wealthy family, Im replied, "I have nothing to say." He added that his father was "very disappointed" by his behavior and vowed to clean up his act. Im's father apparently runs an import-export business.

    Police plan to seek an arrest warrant against Im on charges of endangering the safety of other passengers on board and assaulting crew. They also took hair samples to test whether he was under the influence of drugs.

    Marx was among passengers who eventually subdued Im with a rope on the flight from Hanoi to Seoul last Tuesday. The crooner, perhaps best known for the 1989 hit "Right Here Waiting," later described the incident as "chaotic and dangerous" and crew as "completely ill-trained."

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