Pinkberry co-founder guilty of beating homeless man

The co-founder of Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, Young Lee, has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Denver Post
August 20, 2013

Pinkberry co-founder guilty of beating homeless man
Jillian Sederholm, Digital First Media

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Young Lee, left, with his attorney Philip Kent Cohen during his arraignment on Jan. 30, 2012. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/AP)

The co-founder of Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain, Young Lee, has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The attack occurred in June 2011, when Lee pulled his car over after the panhandler allegedly exposed a sexually explicit tattoo in front of Lee and his fiance as they passed by. Lee and another man got out of the car and confronted the panhandler who Lee said "disrespected him," according to court records.

Lee used a tire iron to beat the man, who sustained a broken bone in his left arm and several cuts to his head, the records state.

Lee will be sentenced in January. He faces up to seven years in prison.

Lee is a trained kick boxer-turned-architect from South Korea, according to Reuters. He co-founded the frozen yogurt chain in 2005, but the company has since distanced themselves from him.

After Lee's arrest following the beating incident, the company issued a statement that said "Pinkberry ended its ties with Mr. Lee formally on May 1, 2010. He has no influence or input into the company in any way." While refusing to speculate on the incident directly, the company did add that it "stands against acts of violence of any kind, especially those involving the most vulnerable among us."

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