The daughter of the boss of Korean Air Lines, on trial in what has popularly become known as the "nut rage" case, treated flight crew like "feudal slaves," a chief steward said in court on Monday.
Heather Cho, daughter of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho and the former head of in-flight service, is on trial for breaking aviation laws and conspiring with other company executives to force crew members lie about the Dec. 5 incident.
Prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison term if she is convicted. Cho had demanded the chief steward, Park Chang-jin, be removed from a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy airport after a first class flight attendant served her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a dish.
The plane, already taxiing, had to return to the gate. Park said Cho "was like a beast that found its prey gritting its teeth as she became abusive, not listening to what I had to say at all."
Park added, fighting back tears: "I don't think Cho showed an ounce of conscience, treating powerless people like myself like feudal slaves, forcing us to sacrifice and treating it as if it was the natural thing to do."