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

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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.

AP

Cho Hyun-min

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