This time her younger sister Cho Hyun-min (Emily), has caused a stink by throwing a glass of water in a man’s face at a business meeting. The Chairman of the company, Cho Yang-ho, who just happens to be her dad had to fire her. [Guardian “‘Nut rage’: Korean Air boss apologises as daughters resign]
“As chairman of Korean Air, as well as a father, I feel terrible about the immature actions of my daughters,” Cho said in a statement. “Everything is my fault and my wrongdoing. I apologise to the people.”
Cho said his two daughters would immediately step down from all positions in the company.
Seoul police said last week that they were launching a formal investigation into the younger Cho, based on the testimonies of people at the meeting.
Following the incident, the 34-year-old issued an email apology to everyone she had worked with for her behaviour, although she has denied throwing water in anyone’s face.
Dad is back in the limelight again with prosecutors seeking an arrest warrant for tax fraud [Straighttimes]. It is interesting to read that mom Lee Myung Hee, was interviewed by the police over allegations of assaulting household staff and construction workers renovating her home.
“I am sorry for causing trouble,” a bespectacled Lee said with her head lowered as she walked past throngs of journalists before entering a Seoul police office.
Lee is accused of assaulting drivers and housekeepers from her personal staff as well as construction workers renovating her home and building a Korean Air-affiliated hotel.
The alleged abuses range from cursing and screaming at employees to kicking, slapping and even throwing a pair of scissors at them.
A video that emerged last month showed a woman, reportedly Lee, shoving a female construction worker and throwing a pile of documents on the ground.
Oh dear. With all these apologies, I think I need now to apologize when I accused Emily of being the white sheep of the family by having no scandal [SEOUL AND FIRE (D) : KOREAN AIRLINE FIRES SENIOR VP OVER NUTRAGE ABUSE ]. Way to go Emily, glad to see you are living down to the bad behavior standards of your family!
Ciao (or I say Cho) for now,
Talk about Asian efficiency : The original incident happened in December 14 and by Feb 15, Heather has been found guilty and sentenced : 2 months from crime to time. No messing about in South Korea.
I don’t know if this is a political sacrifice or South Korean justice spins fast but I just think 1 year prison for being a complete bitch, is a harsh sentence.
The judge and those in South Korea do not think so. From Korea Times the judge thinks she showed no remorse.
Sentencing her to one year in prison, Seoul Western District Court Judge Oh Sung-woo said he did not recognize the “sincerity” of the letters, saying he doubted whether she has a sense of guilt about her behavior.”I wonder whether she really thinks she was wrong,” Oh said in the verdict.The one-year prison term was lighter than the prosecution’s demand for three years.The court ruled that she forced a flight from JFK International Airport in New York to change its course, dismissing her lawyers’ claim that it was not a course change. It was the first time in Korea that the charge has been recognized.The court also ruled her guilty of committing acts of violence that disturbed flight safety, coercion and interfering with business.
Two additional people were also sentenced. Yeo Woon-jin, a KAL executive who pressured employees to lie about the investigation. He got eight months. The other was Kim Woon-sub who used to work for Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. I say “used to” as their crime was to give information to Ministry’s investigation.
The sentence will be appealed.
Whatever happens, this is a fantastic story from riches to rags. All this over a bag of nuts.
I wonder how much of this sentence was because of the National embarrassment and the pent up anger about the Chaebols and their spoilt kids.
I never thought I’d say it but I feel somewhat sorry for her.