South Korea: CEO’s brutal attack on ex-employee

video from a Korean investigative journalism team released Tuesday reveals the shocking moment a high-profile online business guru attacks a man at one of the companies he owns. In the video report jointly produced by News Tapa and its investigative team Sherlock, a former employee of Korean online file-sharing site WeDisk follows Yang Jin-ho, the company’s largest shareholder, to an office crowded with white-collar workers.  There, Yang condemns the man in front the workers for leaving critical comments on a bulletin board on the company’s website. The businessman then slaps the former IT developer twice and demands a “sincere apology.”  As the man, whose name was withheld, kneeled and apologized, Yang beats the back of his head, demanding more sincerity.

Yang, the chairman of Hankook Mirae Technology and the largest shareholder of another online file-sharing site Filenori, doesn’t accept the man’s apology. No one in the room tries to stop Yang from beating the man and all remained seated staring at computer screens. The video, made on Apr. 8, 2015 at the WeDisk office in Bundang-gu in Seongnam, was recorded by one of the firm’s employees on Yang’s orders to “leave it as a souvenir.” News Tapa recently received an anonymous tip about the video.

In February that year, after quitting the company, the victim left the comments at the company’s open-to-all bulletin board with an ID parodying Yang’s name. The comments said he will “raise salaries if anyone worked hard every time” and “it would have been better if he (Yang) showed leadership to his subordinates too.” News Tapa said Yang’s brutal nature was reflected in his attitude inside and outside the companies and this will be revealed in other video coverage to be released in following days.

By  Ko Dong-hwan

(Korea Times)

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