South Korean president's aide fired for 'sexual harassment'
South Korean President Park Geun-hye fired her spokesman midway through a summit trip to the United States, Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.
Yonhap cited rumours that Yoon Chang-jung - a former political columnist - had sexually harassed a South Korean woman in her early 20s who was temporarily hired by the South Korean embassy in Washington to help with duties related to the president's visit.
The Chosun newspaper in Seoul carried a report suggesting that the incident took place when Yoon was drinking at a hotel bar with members of the embassy staff until dawn. Senior presidential press secretary Lee Nam-ki announced Yoon's dismissal, saying that Yoon was "personally involved in an unsavoury incident". It was described as "an inappropriate act for a high-level official" that "hurt national dignity".
Yoon returned to Seoul from Washington on Wednesday without accompanying Park on her visit to Los Angeles, the final stop of her visit to the United States, sparking speculation on why he cut his trip short, Yonhap said.
Earlier this week, Park met US President Barack Obama, with the two leaders united in a vow to offer no concessions when dealing with North Korea.