Airline dynasty crashes to earth in latest scandal to hit South Korean elite
Bad-tempered public outbursts have heaped public wrath on the Cho family, which is also being investigated for smuggling and tax evasion
The downfall of one of South Korea’s most powerful families may come down to short tempers. It all started with a simple container of mixed seeds on an airline, then escalated with sea propelled in a business join and could end with an assault on a developer by the family matriarch.
In the latest scandal to affect their own families that dominates Korean Air and one of the country’s largest corporations, police have forbidden Lee Myung-hee from leaving the country as they analyse claims of ill-treatment against her.
Lee, 69, reportedly verbally and physically assaulted construction workers at a hotel under redevelopment. A video of the incident, which occurred in 2014, croaked viral in the wake of tellings that Lee’s daughter had shed a water bottle at individual employees during a fill earlier this year. Lee is married to the chairman of the company, Cho Yang-Ho.
Police are also investigating the family for alleged smuggling of comfort goods and tax evasion.