Most of you probably remember the viral 2014 incident in which a Korean Air executive, Heather Cho (also the daughter of the company’s chairman), went berserk after a flight attendant served her nuts in a bag rather than in a ramekin. She was flying first class from New York to Seoul Incheon, and demanded that the flight attendants get on their knees to apologize, that the plane be turned around, and that the flight attendant who served her incorrectly be offloaded.
She ended up being sentenced to one year in jail for obstructing aviation safety, though she was released after three months. As you’d expect, she was fired from the airline, though her sister took on many of her former roles, and in a text she promised that she would be “avenged.” As it turns out, now Heather Cho is making a return to her dad’s company, though she’ll be managing the company’s portfolio of hotels, rather than the airline.
Now Heather Cho’s sister, who is still at Korean Air, is being accused of assault. Specifically, The Korea Times reports that 35 year old Cho Hyun-min is being accused of throwing a cup of water in the face of an advertising agency employee at a recent meeting. Apparently she was dissatisfied with the agency’s work, and then “yelled and threw a cup of water at the employee.”
Korean Air is denying the accusation, admitting that she yelled and thew a cup to the floor, but not that she threw the cup at the employee. They also claim that she apologized to the person and others at the meeting. So far the agency hasn’t said anything, while Cho has issued an apology:
“I apologize for my foolish behavior. It is my fault that I failed to control my emotions.”
The story reports that if the accusations are true, she could be prosecuted for assault.
(Tip of the hat to @sannokcha)