A flight attendant who says she was living her dream by working for Korean Air is now suing the airline and its infamous nut rage executive in State Supreme Court in Queens, claiming the bizarre incident ruined her career.
Kim Do Hee is seeking unspecified damages after she was verbally and physically attacked by Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, according to a statement yesterday by two American law firms, the Weinstein Law Firm and Kobre & Kim.
Cho, a vice president overseeing cabin service at the time of the Dec. 5 incident, was enraged that Kim, 27, served her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a dish.
After a heated confrontation with crew in the first class cabin, Cho ordered head flight attendant Park Chang-jin off the plane, forcing it to return to a gate at Kennedy Airport.
The nut rage case infuriated South Koreans. Last month, a South Korean court sentenced Cho, 40, to one year in prison for violating aviation security laws, using violence against a flight attendant and other charges. Cho, who is the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, has appealed the ruling from prison.
Cho's lawyer and Korean Air Lines Co. did not respond to requests for comment.