It was belatedly known that Kim Dong-seon, the third son of Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-yeon assaulted others once again while drunken in September this year. Kim, who had gone on a drunken rampage in a bar in Gangnam-gu, Seoul early this year, faced criticisms of public opinions in a similar incident after less than a year.
According to the Korean business world and many media reports, Kim Dong-seon attended a social gathering with about 10 lawyers of a large law firm in a bar in Jongno-gu, Seoul, in late September. Kim Dong-seon was known to have attended the meeting via one of his acquaintances.
In the gathering, Kim Dong-seon rudely told the lawyers, "What is your father doing?" and "From now on, treat me with respect" among others. He also said, "Call me Mr. shareholder." Some of the lawyers on the scene were assaulted by Kim Dong-seon.
When Kim was drunk and could not keep himself steady, the remaining lawyers helped Kim. However, the attendees said that Kim assaulted them with rants including slapping a male lawyer on the cheek, shaking the head of a female lawyer while holding her by the hair. Kim visited their law firm and apologized to the lawyers, but some of the lawyers refused to accept apologies from Kim.
Meanwhile, in January, Kim Dong-seon was arrested in a bar at Cheongdam-dong for hitting two waiters on the cheek and head two or three times and destroying property (a special assault and the obstruction of business) by going on a violent rampage in a patrol car. Videos of the commotion taken with mobiles phones at that time went public, making a wave.