Sister of Korean Air ‘nut rage’ heiress in her own anger management controversy
Cho Hyun-min apologises for failing to ‘control her emotions’ after yelling and throwing water during a meeting
By Jung Min-ho
Cho Hyun-min, 35, the sister of Cho Hyun-ah (Heather Cho), the Korean Air heiress who made headlines around the world for the 2014 “nut rage” incident, has been caught up in her own rage controversy.
Cho Hyun-min is accused of throwing a cup of water into the face of a manager of the company’s ad agency at a recent meeting.
According to local media outlets Thursday, Cho, a Korean Air executive, was dissatisfied with the manager’s performance for a new advertisement, so she “yelled and threw a cup of water at them”.
Korean Air denied the accusation.
“It is true that she yelled and threw a cup to the floor,” an airline official told The Korea Times. “But she did not throw the cup at the manager. After a while, she apologised to the person and others who attended the meeting.”
If the accusation is true, she could be prosecuted for assault.
The ad agency has so far kept quiet on the issue.
After the issue came to the fore, Cho issued an apology.
“I apologise for my foolish behaviour,” she wrote on Facebook. “It is my fault that I failed to control my emotions.”
Two weeks ago, shareholders of KAL Hotel Network, a Korean Air subsidiary, approved Cho Hyun-ah’s comeback as its president at the company’s annual meeting.
The elder Cho, 44, was indicted three years ago on charges of violating aviation security and business laws after forcing a plane to return to its gate during a row over how nuts were served.
A lower court sentenced her to a year in prison. But she was freed after five months when an appeals court cleared her of the most serious charge of hampering an air route.