Neither SK Group chairman Chey Tae-won nor his wife Roh So-young, director of the Art Center Nabi, showed up at the first trial of their divorce proceedings on July 6.
The first trial of the divorce suit was held at the Seoul Family Court at 11:10 am on the day. Neither Chey nor Roh appeared in the court for the trial which took place about five months after the third divorce adjustment in February. In the trial that ended in 10 minutes, lawyers of the two sides left the court, confirming each other's positions only.
As both parties failed to hammer out an agreement on the third round of negotiations that were held privately with only attorneys attending the meeting without chairman Chey and director Roh, the court concluded that both side failed to reach an agreement.
Previously, chairman Chey wrote a letter to a media outlet in 2015, expressing his will to divorce his wife, Roh. "We have had a marital discord throughout our marriage life that lasted for over 10 years and reaffirmed that we cannot maintain our marriage any longer,” chairman Chey wrote in the letter. However, Roh said that she did not want to divorce. So chairman Chey filed a divorce lawsuit against Roh in July of last year.
Meanwhile, a controversy has been provoked as it was reported by some media outlets that director Roh allegedly abused power such as swearing at and throwing things to her chauffeur.
Roh is the eldest daughter of former President Roh Tae-woo. In 1988, Roh married chairman Chey. In 1997, Roh inherited the Walkerhill Art Museum from the wife of former SK Group chairman Chey Jong-hyun, father of the current SK Group chairman. Since 2000, Roh has been managing the museum after changing its name to the Art Center Nabi.