Former Korean Air executive vice president Heather Cho, who became infamous for her “nut rage” outburst on a Korea-bound flight from New York, is facing yet another lawsuit. The Korean Air chief flight attendant, Park Chang-jin, who was allegedly the victim of verbal and physical abuse from Cho, has filed a compensation suit against the executive in the United States.
The lawsuit from Park follows a suit filed in the U.S. in March by one of the junior flight attendants on board the flight, Kim Do-hee, and will be the second suit in America filed against Cho, the Korea Times reported. Park is suing Cho, while Kim is suing both Cho and Korean Air.
Park filed the suit with the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of Queens and says Cho inflicted serious bodily and mental harm. While Park’s complaint did not specify how much he is seeking in reparations, it's estimated that it could be worth up to 50 million won, or about $42,822, the report said.
The incident took place last December, when Cho went into a rage after Kim served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of a plate and insisted the Seoul-bound plane return to its gate after already taxiing for takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. She also reportedly forced Park off the plane.
Earlier in July, Cho requested New York courts drop the charges filed against her by Kim so that she can instead be tried in her home country of South Korea. Cho claimed that the U.S. case is unnecessary because she is already being tried and investigated in Seoul. Her lawyers also claimed that the investigation involved nearly 8,000 pages of documents that would all have to be translated into English in order for the suit to be pursued in the U.S. Cho will also likely request the dismissal of the case made by Park.