Pinkberry Co-founder Young Lee was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for beating a homeless man with a tire iron.
The attacked happened back in June 2011 and was sparked by the homeless man flashing a tattoo of a stick-figure couple having sex to the people in Lee’s car, which also included his fiancee. Lee drove away, but returned later to continue arguing with the man, demanding an apology. The argument ended in Lee beating up the man, to which he suffered a broken arm and a concussion.
Lee fled the scene, but 911 calls made by witnesses providing the license plate led police to Lee’s car. However, he traveled out of the country right after the attack and wasn’t arrested until January 2012 at the Los Angeles International Airport by a fugitive task force.
Young Lee helped found Pinkberry back in 2005, but is no longer with the company. After his 2012 arrest, Pinkberry’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Design Laura Jakobsen provided LA Weekly, with the following statement:
Mr. Young Lee has no involvement with Pinkberry, our partners or our more than 170 stores world-wide. Pinkberry ended its ties with Mr. Lee formally on May 1, 2010. He has no influence or input into the company in any way, and the parties have not been in communication with one another since Mr. Lee’s exit. While it would be inappropriate for us to speculate on the allegations in question, we can say without hesitation that Pinkberry values the communities we serve and stands against acts of violence of any kind, especially those involving the most vulnerable among us.