South Korean president fires chief spokesman for ’disgraceful incident’ during U.S. trip

Originally posted on National Post | News:

SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye’s office said Friday that she has fired her chief spokesman after a “disgraceful incident” during Park’s trip to the United States.

Without elaborating, the presidential Blue House said on its website that unspecified actions by spokesman Yoon Chang-jung marred the government’s dignity.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited a Washington police complaint as saying a 56-year-old man grabbed a woman’s buttocks in a Washington hotel on Tuesday. Yoon, who is 56, wasn’t named in the report.

An email seeking police confirmation wasn’t immediately answered. The Blue House said officials in its embassy in Washington were investigating, but Yoon couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Daily Mail reported that Yoon had allegedly groped female employee at the Korean embassy in Washington.

Yoon was a conservative columnist before joining Park’s team last year. He became spokesman after her February inauguration.

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