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(2nd LD) Court refuses to issue arrest warrant for Korea Air chief's wife

All Headlines 23:10 June 04, 2018

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court on Monday denied the prosecution's request for a warrant to arrest the wife of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chief over multiple assault charges.

The Seoul Central District Court said Lee Myung-hee, 69, holds a low risk of destroying evidence or fleeing, and that her charges are also disputable.

Lee, the wife of Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho and mother of a former Korean Air vice president who became infamous for the "nut rage" incident, has been under investigation over allegations that she took advantage of her status to routinely assault and insult people physically and verbally.

She was arraigned on Monday, as prosecutors filed for her writ late last week. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Police launched a probe in April into suspicions involving Lee after video footage of her shoving and cursing employees at a construction site went viral. Since then, a series of tips about her alleged habitual assaults at the workplace and home began to circulate online, one of which claimed she hurled a pair of pruning shears at a security guard at her home in Seoul for failing to take care of the house's door properly.

She is also accused of kicking her chauffeur on the street for making a mistake and of shoving and cursing at construction workers hired for a hotel expansion project.

The suspicions amount to 24 cases of violence against 11 people between August 2011 and March this year.

Lee Myung-hee, wife of Korean Air Lines Co.'s chief, walks into the Seoul Central District Court on June 4, 2018, to attend an arraignment hearing on her arrest warrant over multiple assault charges. (Yonhap)

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