Bad-tempered public outbursts have heaped public outrage on the Cho family, which is also being investigated for smuggling and tax evasion

The downfall of one of South Korea’s most powerful families may come down to short tempers. It all started with a simple packet of mixed nuts on an airline, then escalated with water thrown in a business meeting and could end with an assault on a builder by the family matriarch.

In the latest scandal to hit the family that controls Korean Air and one of the country’s largest conglomerates, police have barred Lee Myung-hee from leaving the country as they investigate claims of abuse against her.

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