The German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed a report by a Korean newspaper that the diplomat’s dog had attacked the 72-year-old Mrs. Lee, spouse of an unnamed chaebol conglomerate president during a stroll around Seoul’s popular Namsan Park.
“The German embassy in Seoul is in contact with all involved parties in order to find a constructive solution,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told The Local.
The daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Tuesday that the police booked and released the German diplomat, identified only as Mr. H, for assault after he allegedly kicked and pushed Lee’s adult son as he was trying to fend off the wiener dog.
“The diplomat was strolling around Mt. Nam with his dachshund when he ran into the mother and son,” the paper’s online English edition wrote.
“The victims claim the dog suddenly bit the woman’s thumb, and when the son tried to stop it with an umbrella, the diplomat kicked him in the right leg and shoved both him and his mother.”
The woman reportedly suffered only minor injuries, but she still went to a nearby hospital for treatment.