Another Korean Air Heiress in Assault Scandal

  • By Shin Eun-jin

    April 13, 2018 12:47

    Cho Hyun-min

    Another daughter of the Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho has become embroiled in an assault scandal that seems to expose an anger management problem in the troubled family.

    Cho Hyun-min (35), a senior vice president of Korean Air, threw a water bottle in the face of a staffer at a subcontracted advertising firm in a fit of rage during a meeting, according to reports.

    It is the latest scandal embroiling the chairman's daughters after the notorious "nut rage" incident when Cho Hyun-ah, then in charge of in-flight services, forced a Korean Air plane to turn back to the gate and assaulted the purser because she had been served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl.

    Korean Air initially denied the account, claiming that "water splashed" after it "was thrown on the floor," but the story was "exaggerated."

    Cho Hyun-min flew into a rage when a staffer at the ad agency was unable to answer her questions during a meeting last month. The story soon spread on the firm's intranet, saying that Cho asked an irrelevant question and threw a fit when the staffer failed to answer and threw one water bottle at the wall and another in the staffer's face.

    She was unable to contain her hissy fit and forced the staffer to apologize, the reports said. But Korean Air claims tempers rose when Cho discovered that footage she had requested had not been filmed.

    It said Cho later e-mailed apologies to each ad agency staffer who was present at that meeting and denied the staffer was forced to apologize. The ad agency said commenting on the incident would violate a confidentiality agreement signed with the client.

    After the scandal broke in the international press, Cho posted a message on social media on Thursday and said, "I bow my head in apology for my foolish and careless act. My actions cannot be allowed under any circumstances."

    She claimed to have been overcome by her "passion for advertising" but conceded it "should not have superseded respect for others. I committed a serious mistake by failing to control my emotions."

    Cho has taken a leave of absence.

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