Korean Air Heiress' Husband Stands by Assault Allegation

  • By Yang Eun-kyoung

    February 21, 2019 12:14

    The husband of Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, who is seeking divorce, has filed a criminal complaint against her for assault.

    According to police on Wednesday, Cho's husband, identified only by his surname Park, claimed the disgraced heiress choked him and threw a tablet PC at him.

    Cho Hyun-ah

    He submitted photos of his injuries as evidence and added the abuse only grew worse after the 2014 "nut-rage" scandal that saw Cho pilloried in the global press when she assaulted a purser and forced a plane to return to the gate because she had been served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl.

    Park also accused her of child abuse and embezzlement. He claimed that Cho on one occasion threw a spoon at their twin children for not eating fast enough and screamed at them, and that she and her father, Korean Air chief Cho Yang-ho, handed over stakes in their company to a third party for free.

    Park, who is a plastic surgeon, married Cho in 2010. The two went to the same elementary school. The couple separated in May 2017 and he filed for divorce in April of last year and is seeking custody of their children.

    Cho's lawyers denied the allegations and accused Park of being an alcoholic. Cho claims that Park went into rehab three times since they married and hid seven to eight bottles of soju in a fire hydrant in front of their house.

    She claims Park drank so heavily at work that his driver implored a nearby store owner not to sell him liquor. Her lawyers cited her husband's alcohol dependence and child neglect as the main cause of their split. She is considering suing him for defamation.

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