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Korean Air ‘nut rage’ heiress sister throws tantrum

April 12, 2018

Cho Hyun-min reportedly hurled water at a man during a business meeting, according to Maeil Business Newspaper, a Seoul-based business daily.

The man worked for an agency that makes adverts for Korean Air, the country’s flagship carrier.

After throwing water at him, Ms Cho then screamed before sending him out of the room, the newspaper added.

Ms Cho later wrote on Facebook: “I apologise with my head down for my foolish and reckless behaviour.

“I have no words to say for my action that I should not have done under any circumstances.”

She also said she had apologised to those who had been at the meeting in March.

However, throwing water into someone’s face can be seen as assault in South Korea and Seoul police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Korean Air has partially disputed media reports of the incident, saying Ms Cho “only threw a cup with water on to the floor”.

Former Korean Air (KAL) executive Cho Hyun-Ah is surrounded by journalists after she received a suspended jail sentence and was freed by a Seoul appeals court in Seoul on May 22, 2015, after she had been jailed for a year in February for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts
Image:Cho Hyun-ah pictured after she was freed in 2015 after a brief stay in prison

Ms Cho, 36, is the younger sister of Cho Hyun-ah, who lost her temper on a Korean Air flight in 2014 after being served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than a bowl.

She had forced two airline workers to kneel and beg for forgiveness, and also ordered the Seoul-bound plane to return to its gate at New York’s JFK airport.

Her actions made headlines around the world and even saw her briefly jailed for breaking transport laws.

The nut row sparked a petition among South Koreans calling for Korean Air to lose its flag-carrier status.

Cho Yang-Ho, Korean Air Chairman & CEO arrives at the Seoul Western District Court on January 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. Cho Yang-ho appeared in court as a witness in the trial over his eldest daughter Cho Hyun-ah's alleged obstruction of aviation safety in the 'nut rage' incident
Image:Cho Yang-ho is chairman and chief executive of Korean Air

Both women are the daughters of Cho Yang-ho, who has held the top job at Korean Air for more than 20 years.

Their younger brother Cho Won-tae is also no stranger to anger management problems, assaulting a 77-year-old woman in 2005 after she told him off for reckless driving.