Korean Air ‘Nut Rage’ Sister Suspended from Duties After Angry Outburst

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Her sister flew into a rage over how nuts were served while the sibling now is accused of throwing a cup of water at a manager’s face.

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Korean Air chairman Cho Yang Ho carries the Olympic torch along with his two daughters, (from left) Heather and Emily, in Seoul on Jan 13, 2018.

Korean Air suspended the youngest daughter of its chairman, a sister of the infamous “nut rage” heiress, from her duties on Monday pending a police investigation of complaints she threw a cup of water at someone.

“Nut rage” heiress Heather Cho.

Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice president, faced pressure from the airline’s unions to step down after media reports she threw water into the face of an advertising agency manager, sparking a public backlash.

“Korean Air has excluded senior vice president Cho Hyun-min from work and suspended her from duties as of April 16 until the outcome of the police investigation,” the airline said in a statement.

Cho, also known as Emily Cho, apologised on Thursday for what she called her “foolish behaviour”.


Korean Air said on Friday, in response to media reports Cho had thrown a water bottle at someone’s face, she had thrown either a water bottle or a cup on the floor, but not at anyone’s face. On Monday, the airline said it was a cup.

Cho, speaking to TV channel MBC after she cut short a vacation overseas and arrived back home on Sunday, denied she had thrown a cup of water at the manager’s face but said she had “pushed” it.