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S Korea leader sacks spokesman amid abuse claims

Last Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 17:11

Seoul: President Park Geun-hye`s office says she has fired her chief spokesman after a "disgraceful incident" during Park`s trip to the United States. Media reports say the spokesman was accused of sexual abuse.
The presidential Blue House said on its website that unspecified actions by Yoon Chang-jung marred the government`s dignity.

It didn`t elaborate. But South Korea`s Yonhap news agency cites a Washington police complaint that says Yoon grabbed a Korean-American intern`s buttocks on the night of the summit between Park and US President Barack Obama.
An email seeking police confirmation wasn`t immediately answered. Yoon couldn`t be reached for comment. The Blue House says its embassy in Washington is investigating.

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


First Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 17:11
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