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Nut rage heiress 'abused visas to hire maids'

25 May 2018

Cho Hyun-ah, former Korean Air vice president, stands before the press on May 24, 2018, before she went into the immigration office in Seoul to be questioned over suspected illegal hiring of foreign housekeepers.

This time, she is being questioned on charges of illegally hiring Filipino housemaids.

And if the past controversies that have followed Cho Hyun-ah and her family are any indication, it looks like she'd be a nightmare to work for.

The family first shot to worldwide infamy in 2014 when Cho Hyun-ah forced two Korean Air flight attendants to kneel and beg for forgiveness after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than a bowl.

Her outrageous demands did not stop there.

She ordered the Seoul-bound flight back to the gate so one of them could be ejected in an incident quickly dubbed "nut rage" that many South Koreans felt typified the way ultra-wealthy families often behave.

She was sentenced to a year in prison by a lower court.

Cho's sister, Cho Hyun-min, is now under investigation for allegedly hurling a cup of water during a business meeting.

Earlier this month, it was alleged that she had thrown a glass of plum juice at a business associate during a meeting.

Cho and her mother Lee Myung-hee allegedly forged documents to disguise several Filipinos as vocational trainees for Korean Air but actually employed them as maids.

The Cho family is under intense scrutiny by both public and law enforcement over mounting allegations ranging from abuse of power, assaults and tax evasion to smuggling of luxury goods.

Nut rage heiress 'abused visas to hire maids'