SEOUL: The stony-faced daughter of a Korean billionaire, whose older sister was introduced low by the “nut rage” scandal, apologised Tuesday (May 1) as she reported to police for questioning over allegations she sprayed a enterprise affiliate in the face with fruit juice.
“I’m really sorry for causing concern,” Cho Hyun-min repeatedly instructed a crowd of journalists exterior the Gangseo police station in Seoul, with out admitting to any particular actions.
Cho, who police mentioned is accused of utilizing violence and obstructing enterprise, is the daughter of Hanjin Group chairman Cho Yang-ho.
Hanjin is among the many nation’s 15 largest enterprise teams, proprietor of flag service Korean Air, logistics and transport corporations, and with pursuits in info expertise and accommodations.
It used to personal Hanjin Shipping, as soon as one of many world’s largest transport corporations, which was declared bankrupt final yr.
The youthful daughter’s police interrogation is just the controlling household’s newest brush with the regulation, with a sequence of scandals making them among the nation’s most infamous super-wealthy.
South Korea’s financial system – the world’s 11th-largest – is dominated by a sequence of large enterprise conglomerates often known as chaebols.
In the previous, the chaebols contributed to the nation’s quick financial development, however because the founders’ sons and grandsons took over they expanded into each nook of enterprise, and now stand accused of suffocating smaller corporations and hampering innovation.
They have lengthy had murky ties with political authorities – Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was jailed final yr for his function in the corruption scandal that introduced down president Park Guen-hye, though most of his convictions had been quashed on enchantment.
Many chaebol households retain solely a small possession stake in their corporations, however preserve management by complicated webs of cross-shareholdings between subsidiaries, and speedy promotions for relations – a few of whose antics have battered the corporations’ photographs.
“The Cho family is one of the most vilified chaebol families, with multiple family members implicated in alleged bad behaviour,” Chung Sun-sup of chaebol.com, a web based service on massive companies, instructed AFP.
In essentially the most infamous incident, the chairman’s elder daughter Cho Hyun-ah made world headlines in 2014 for forcing two flight attendants to kneel and beg for forgiveness after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag quite than a bowl.
She ordered the Seoul-bound flight again to the gate so one in every of them might be ejected in an incident shortly dubbed “nut rage”.
Since the accusations in opposition to her sister emerged, lots of of Korean Air personnel have joined a web based chat room to allege Cho household misdeeds in opposition to staff and home employees.
Police mentioned final week they had been investigating allegations that the sisters’ mom Lee Myung-hee had herself abused staff verbally and bodily.
JTBC TV two weeks in the past aired video footage of a lady throwing a tantrum at employees at a building web site and shoving a feminine employee.
Korean Air mentioned the corporate had no remark.
The household are additionally accused of utilizing Korean Air planes to smuggle luxurious items into the nation to keep away from import duties.
Chairman Cho Yang-ho – who final yr confronted accusations of embezzling firm funds, though prosecutors rejected a request for his arrest — final month apologised for the “immature” behaviour of his daughters, each of whom resigned from their government posts.