By Jonathan Easley - 05/10/13 12:09 PM EDT
Yoon Chang-jung, the spokesman for South Korean President Park Geun-hye, was fired on Friday for allegedly groping an intern during a trip this week to Washington, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
The victim is reportedly an intern at the South Korean embassy.
Washington police are reportedly “investigating the report of a misdemeanor sexual abuse” over a claim that a man “grabbed her buttocks without her permission.”
“[He] completely poured cold water over the accomplishments of the U.S. visit,” one South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Yonhap. “It's causing an extreme burden to state affairs.”
President Park addressed a joint session of Congress this week to warn of the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea.
The South Korean president has been under scrutiny in her homeland over rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, but had seemingly had a successful trip to Washington before the allegations surrounding her spokesman broke.