Belgium recalls ambassador to Seoul after wife's second physical altercation

Xiang Xueqiu, the wife of Belgium's ambassador to South Korea, got into an altercation with shop staff in Seoul on April 9, 2021.

(CNN)Belgium is recalling its ambassador to Seoul "without further delay," after the envoy's wife was accused of getting into a second physical altercation in four months.

Ambassador Peter Lescouhier had been recalled in late May following an incident in April in which his wife, Xiang Xueqiu, was recorded on CCTV striking a woman in a Seoul store, causing a national scandal in South Korea.
Lescouhier was meant to return to Belgium this month. In the latest incident, Seoul's Yongsan District Police told CNN on Thursday that Xiang got into a "physical altercation" with a municipal cleaner in the Hannam neighborhood of Seoul around 9:25 a.m. on Monday.