Korean Air boss’ daughter in hot water over temper tantrum
Senior vice-president Cho says she did not throw cup of water at anyone’s face
Korean Air suspended the youngest daughter of its chairman, a sister of the infamous “nut rage” heiress, from her duties yesterday pending a police investigation of complaints she threw a cup of water at someone.
Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice-president, faced pressure from the airline’s unions to step down after media reports said she threw water into the face of an advertising agency manager, sparking a public backlash.
“Korean Air has excluded senior vice-president Cho Hyun-min from work and suspended her from duties as of ■ April 16 until the outcome of the police investigation,” the airline said in a statement.
Cho, also known as Emily Cho, apologised on Thursday for what she called her “foolish behaviour”.
Cho, speaking to TV channel MBC after she cut short a vacation overseas and arrived back home on Sunday, denied she had thrown a cup of water at the manager’s face, but said she had “pushed” it. She said her action was “foolish”.
It is the latest controversy to engulf the family that holds a big stake in South Korea’s largest airline group.
‘Nut rage’ sister
Cho’s elder sister Cho Hyunah, or Heather Cho, made headlines over a notorious “nut rage” incident in 2014, when she lost her temper over the way she was served nuts in first class before take-off from New York.
Cho was sentenced to a year in jail for violating airline safety laws, but was released after five months. She returned as an executive of Korean Air’s hotel affiliate in March.