China Official Who Allegedly Beat Flight Attendant Is Suspended

A Chinese government official who allegedly beat a flight attendant in a dispute over where to stow his carry-on luggage has been suspended from his post, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

Fang Daguo, a Communist Party standing committee member in the Guangzhou city district of Yuexiu, allegedly grabbed and bruised the China Southern Airlines Co. attendant Aug. 29 after she told him there was no room in the overhead bins to store his luggage, according to Xinhua. Fang and his wife, who was also involved in the dispute, “smelt strongly of alcohol” at the time, Xinhua said, citing a passenger it didn’t identify.

The stewardess posted photos of bruises on her arms and torn clothes on Sina Corp.’s Weibo microblogging service after the incident, Xinhua reported. Fang and his wife have since apologized, the news agency said.

An initial investigation by the local government found that Fang’s wife had a brawl with the flight attendant, Xinhua said, citing the district’s publicity department. The department denied that Fang, who is also a political commissar of the Yuexiu Armed Forces Department, beat the flight attendant, Xinhua said.

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